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Photo by petitebouquet
Gifu prefecture, Japan, June 2006
Ficedula narcissina


  • Black crown and mantle
  • Bright orange throat
  • Paler chest and underparts
Photo by Bobby6425
Cebu, Philippines
  • Orange-yellow eyebrow
  • Black wings with white wing patch
  • Orange-yellow rump
  • Black tail

Non-breeding males have varying levels of yellow.
Females - buff-brown, rusty wings, two-toned eyering.


Asia: breeding in Japan and on Sakhalin, wintering south to Korea, mainland China, and Taiwan, Philippines and Borneo.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Green-backed Flycatcher and Ryukyu Flycatcher were formerly included in this species.

2nd year male
Photo by lostinjapan
Mishima Island, Sea of Japan, May 2007


Deciduous woodlands. Primary forest, Secondary forest and scrub, mangroves and city parks.


Prefers the lower storey and perches that are hidden by thick foliages and twigs.


Diet includes insects and small caterpillars.


It makes a soft murmuring whistle


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Answers.com
  3. Birdforum Member observations

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