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Red-breasted Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Adult : Male-Breeding Plumage
Photo © by ekhohe
Finland, 2004
Ficedula parva


Male, Non-breeding (winter) plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, 20 December 2018

11-12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Ashy-brown upperparts, paler beneath
  • Brown bill
  • Dark brown legs
  • Noticeable white patches at base of tail

Bright reddish-orange throat and upper breast

Female and Juvenile duller brown above and whitish below

Similar species

Taiga Flycatcher has red only on throat and a grey breast.


Europe, to southern Urals, Balkans and southern Caspian; winters to southern Asia.


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 4 January 2016

This is a monotypic species.

It formerly included Taiga Flycatcher as a subspecies.


Deciduous woodland near water.



Flycatches from perch, and will also 'glean' warbler-like amongst leaves.
Often flicking and cocking tail and sits with 'drooping wings'


An open nest in a tree hole is built and 4-7 eggs are laid.


It feeds by taking insects in flight and caterpillars from among oak leaves. It also eats berries.


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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 4800 ft., Dist. Amora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 9 October 2017


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  4. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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