Collared Flycatcher

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Common Name: Collared Flycatcher
Scientific Name: Ficedula albicollis

Size: 4.9-5.1 inches (12.5-13 cm)

Habitat: Eurasia and Africa; It breeds in southeast Europe (isolated populations in the islands of Gotland and Oland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden) and southwest Asia and is migratory, wintering in sub Sahara Africa. It is a rare vagrant in Western Europe. Found in deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 4,200,000 - 7,200,000 mature individuals. In Europe, trends since 1982 show that populations have undergone a moderate increase.

Diet: Insects (caught in flight); this species also hunts caterpillars amongst the oak foliage, and will take berries.

Breeding: The breeding male is mainly black above and white below, with a white collar, large white wing patch, black tail (although some males have white tail sides) and a large white forehead patch. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles have the black replaced by a pale brown, and may be very difficult to distinguish from the European Pied Flycatcher and the Semi-collared Flycatcher, with which this species hybridizes to a limited extent.

They build an open nest in a tree hole, or man-made nest-boxes. Normally 5-7 eggs are laid.

Cool Facts: The song is slow strained whistles, quite unlike the Pied Flycatcher. Pied flycatchers can mimic the song of the Collared Flycatcher in sympatric populations.


Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 2

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