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Dark-sided Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

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Photo © by Jason Bugay Reyes
Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, December 2008
Muscicapa sibirica


Subspecies M. s. gulmergi
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 4800 ft. Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018

13-14cm (5-5½ inch)

  • Dark grey brown above
  • White throat
  • White half collar
  • Centre of lower breast and belly are white
  • Buff wingbar
  • Breast and flanks streaked dark grey brown
  • Dark spots around center of whitish undertail coverts
  • Pale sub-moustachial stripe
  • Dark malar stripe
  • White eyering
  • Short dark bill
  • Black feet
  • Sexes alike


  • Pale spots above
  • Mottled breast
  • Buff tipped wing coverts

Similar Species

There is more than a striking similarity to the Grey-streaked Flycatcher when they are darting about in the willows. But the obvious differences are the buffy wing bar rather than white of the Grey-streaked and the wing extension is considerably shorter than the Grey-Streaked. The Dark-sided is also a browner bird rather than ash-grey of the Grey-Streaked.

Immature subspecies M. s. gulmergi
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft. Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018


Asia: found in Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra and Java.



There are 4 subspecies[1]

  • M. s. sibirica:
  • M. s. gulmergi:
  • M. s. cacabata:
  • Eastern Himalayas to south-eastern Tibet and north-eastern India; winters to southern Thailand
  • M. s. rothschildi:
Sub adult
Photo © by SeeToh
Panti Bird Sanctuary, Johor, Malaysia, April 2013


Broadleaf evergreen forest and secondary growth; forest edges up to 1,160 meters; river/Paddy areas and gardens.



The diet includes small invertebrates, flies and midges etc which are aerially hawked.


The nest is cup-shaped nest which is built by the female. The clutch consists of 3-4 pale green eggs with red markings.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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