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Collared Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Theo Mamais
Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2003
Ficedula albicollis


Photo © by ody
Agios, Nikolaos, Naousa, Greece, May 2008

12-13.5 cm (4¾-5¼ in)

  • Black upperparts, tail and bill
  • White underparts, collar, large wing patch and forehead
  • Pale rump

Female and non breeding male - pale brown above, with white wing bars. White below.

Similar Species

The female European Pied Flycatcher has a very insignificant pale vertical mark leading from the white wing bar - in the female Collared this is noticeably broader and leads almost to the edge of the wing.

Beware hybrid Pied × Collared which can look like Semicollared Flycatcher.


Breeds eastern France to the Balkans and Ukraine. Winters in tropical and southern Africa (south of the equator).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens.



The diet includes insects hawked aerially, caterpillars and berries.


They nest in tree cavities; 5-7 eggs are laid.


Song: a squeaky tsee-tsee-tsee-sui-see


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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