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Green-backed Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Chinese Flycatcher

Adult male
Photo by tunpin.ong
Ampang Forest Reserve, Selangor, Malaysia, February 2005
Ficedula elisae


13–13·5 cm


Breeds in northeastern China (Shanxi and Hebei); migrates to southern China, Hainan, and southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam)


Photo by SeeToh
Former Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore, November 2012

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly included in Narcissus Flycatcher.
In 1999 a new taxon, beijingnica was described from China, named Beijing Flycatcher. However this taxon is now believed to be invalid. It most probably represents the first summer plumage of this species.


Deciduous woodlands. Primary forest, Secondary forest and scrub, mangroves and city parks.


Prefers the lower storey and perches that are hidden by thick foliages and twigs.


Diet includes insects and small caterpillars.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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