Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)


French: Gobemouche à collier German: Halsbandschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas acollarado

Muscicapa albicollis


, 1815,

Europe and Germany = Thüringerwald, Germany


Often regarded as conspecific with F. semitorquata; differences in ecology and morphology suggest that treatment as separate species is more appropriate. Hybridizes with F. hypoleuca in areas of sympatry in C & E Europe. Monotypic.


SE Sweden (mainly Gotland and Öland), and from E France and S Germany E to C European Russia (Moscow) and Ukraine, S to Italy and N Macedonia; winters in SC Africa.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 10·5–13·5 g. Male breeding has lores, ear-coverts and top of head glossy black, forehead and broad collar around hindneck white; upperparts and... read more


Song a short series of high, thin, drawn-out notes, reminiscent of song of European Robin (... read more


Open forest, forest edges, moist woodland, open country with scattered trees, and well-timbered... read more

Food and feeding

Flying insects and other arthropods, including adult and larval lepidopterans, hymenopterans (including ants), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more


Lays mid-Apr to early Jul (mostly May–Jun) in C Europe, from late Apr in Ukraine; usually single-brooded. Essentially monogamous, but... read more


Migratory. Migration routes and limits of non-breeding quarters poorly known, owing to confusion... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. World population estimated at 340,000–762,000 breeding pairs; confined to Europe, where apparently most abundant in former Czechoslovakia,... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 December 2019).