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European Pied Flycatcher

(Ficedula hypoleuca)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Flycatcher"
German name(s): "Trauerschnäpper"

Size: 12-13.5 cm; wingspan: 21.5-24 cm
Weight: 6-19 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Pied Flycatcher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "hypoleuca"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a male European Pied Flycatcher issuing its call - note the characteristic white spots on the forehead; the front of this individual has a buff tint in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2018]

Lateral view of a male European Pied Flycatcher in breeding plumage; note the (double) patch on the frons
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a male European Pied Flycatcher in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female European Pied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Frontal view of a female European Pied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-lateral view of a female European Pied Flycatcher; note the characteristic thin pale mark on the primary coverts, under the prominent white wing bar (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Food, Diet

European Pied Flycatchers are primarily insectivores, but will occasionally also take earthworms, soft fruit or berries.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

pieflyc_dw_20180511_2.m4a (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW
pieflyc_dw_20180511.m4a (Poland) Territorial calls (male) © DW
pieflyc_dw_20160811.m4a (Poland) Contact calls? (female) © DW

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