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Asian Brown Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Rosnan_yahya
Johore, Malaysia, Oct 2004
Muscicapa dauurica


12–14 cm (4 & 3/4 Inches)

  • Upperparts - Fresh plumage grey-brown, increasingly greyer as plumage wears
  • Whitish underparts
  • Brown-tinged flanks
  • Dark bill (relatively large and broad-based)

Young birds: scaly brown upperparts, head and breast.

Photo by Rosnan_yahya
Johore, Malaysia, October 2005


Breeds from southern Siberia to India and east to northern China and Japan, further south from Thailand to Vietnam and Borneo.

Winters from India to China, the Philippines, South-East Asia and Indonesia. Leaves breeding areas from mid Aug and return in May and early Jun.

In the Western Palearctic recorded as a vagrant in Denmark (Sep 1959),Sweden (September 1986) and also reported in Turkey (May 1990). A record from Germany (Heligoland, August 1982) is generally regarded as an escape and others from the Faroes, Ireland and Norway are considered inadequately documented. Recorded in Britain in Northumberland in September 1956 and a first-summer bird on Fair Isle, Shetland in July 1992 but both are generally considered escapes.


Also called Muscicapa latirostris.
Brown-streaked Flycatcher was formerly included in this species.
Ashy-breasted Flycatcher has been considered conspecific with this species in the past.


Clements recognizes two subspecies[1].


Open woodland of deciduous trees or sometimes mangroves, conifers, parks and large gardens, plantations and orchards up to 1500m. On passage frequently in cultivated and even completely treeless areas.



It nests in a tree hole. The clutch consists of 4 eggs which are incubated by the female.


Their diet is not fully recorded but consists of invertebrates such as beetles, stoneflies and wasps.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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