Posts belonging to Category Flycatchers

Mugimaki Flycatcher

Mugimaki Flycatcher male

End of the year is on us and happily for the birders some migrants continue to stay with us.  Up on higher elevations, the Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki displays its hunting ability from low perches.  Away from its Northern Asian breeding grounds, it is usually silent.  See you next year.

Ferruginous Flycatcher

Here’s an uncommon winter visitor to Mt Kinabalu.  The Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea is a typical Old World flycatcher.  It prefers to stay in the denser part of the forest, foraging in the lower to middle storey.  On the few occasions when I saw it, it had always been solitary.  I guess it is almost time for it to go back north.  Have a pleasant flight.

Little Pied Flycatcher

Little Pied Flycatcher male

Here’s a common montane species you never get tired of.  The Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni is found in all levels of the forest as well as the edges of clearings.  Its behavior is typical of flycatchers while its tendency to perch on the same spot makes it a favourite with photographers.  Its call reminds me of a popular mobile phone ringtone.  Definitely one of my favourites.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Asian Brown Flycatcher by Ck Leong

They are back! Today we welcomed the first of the northern Asian migrant flycatchers back to our warm shores. On a very good morning of birding at the Penampang hills just outside of Kota Kinabalu, we found this energetic Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica hawking for passing insects from this nice perch. This bird has never disappointed us, returning year after year. You get the nice feeling that Mother Nature is always around.

Indigo Flycatcher

Indigo Flycatcher by Ck Leong

In the mountains of Sumatra, Java or Borneo, you will be really unlucky to miss the tame Indigo Flycatcher Eumyias indigo. This dark blue flycatcher displays a light blue or almost white forecrown and buff vent. Its habits are typical of flycatchers and will come out to the forest edges. I took this picture at the carpark in front of the Visitor Centre at Kinabalu Park HQ. Couldn’t have asked for an easier shot.