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Taiga Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Godwin Chan
Hong Kong, 19 January 2020

Alternative name: Red-throated Flycatcher

Ficedula albicilla


Photo © by Coveman
Wat Tham Prathun, Chon Buri Province, Thailand, 27 November 2023

11-12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Ashy-brown upperparts, paler beneath
  • Black bill
  • Dark brown legs
  • Noticeable white patches at base of tail, black uppertail-coverts


  • Bright reddish-orange throat
  • Greyish upper breast
  • Brownish side of head

Female and Juvenile duller brown above and whitish below
First winter very similar to adult female, but note pale tips to the greater wing coverts which are retained juvenile feathers

Similar species

Photo © by 1000miles
Khao Yai, Thailand, January 2007

Red-breasted Flycatcher also has a red breast (not only throat), grey ear-coverts, a paler bill and greyish uppertail-coverts (not jet black as in Taiga Flycatcher).
Asian Brown Flycatcher: the tail would be brown and similar to the rest of the upperparts (or just slightly darker). A pale base to the lower mandible of the bill. They also have shorter, weaker legs, so that they tend to have a more upright position when perched.


Breeds in Siberia and northern Mongolia, winters to south and southeast Asia, with a few birds in southern Japan.



This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly included in Red-breasted Flycatcher.


Deciduous woodland near water.



Flycatches from perch, and will also 'glean' warbler-like amongst leaves.
Often flicking and cocking tail and sits with 'drooping wings'


An open nest in a tree hole is built and 4-7 eggs are laid.


They feed by taking insects in flight and caterpillars from among oak leaves. They also eats berries.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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