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Spotted Flycatcher

(Muscicapa striata)
Note: "Spotted" Flycatcher is a misnomer (striata = "Striated")!
German name(s): "Grauer Fliegenschnäpper", "Grauschnäpper"

Size: 13.5-15 cm; wing span 23-23.5 cm
Weight: 10-21 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Spotted Flycatcher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "striata"

ADULT

Near-lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Spotted Flycatcher looking for prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Dorsal view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Direct comparison of a Spotted Flycatcher with a male House Sparrow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Race "tyrrhenica"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Adult Spotted Flycatcher, right, with a dependent juvenile, left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Adult Spotted Flycatcher, top, with two dependent juveniles, below (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Photos of Spotted Flycatchers have previously been obtained by us in Oman.

Food, Diet

As their name suggests, Spotted Flycatchers are insect hunters. Most flycatchers hunt for insects from low to mid-level perches.

Near-dorsal view of a Spotted Flycatcher with its prey, a flying insect (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

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.

spotfly_dw_20160813.mp3 (Poland) Contact calls? © DW

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