Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Green-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula elisae)


Taxonomy

French: Gobemouche à dos vert German: Grünrückenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Elise
Other common names: Chinese Flycatcher
Taxonomy:

Muscicapa elisae

Weigold

, 1922,

eastern imperial cemetery near Peking

.

Until recently considered conspecific with F. narcissina and F. owstoni, but genetically, vocally and morphologically distinct#R, differing from F. narcissina by its yellow lower eyelid (ns[2]); short narrow vs long broad supercilium (2); dull greyish-green vs black crown to back (3); no vs strong orange tinge to breast (2); yellow vs whitish belly (ns[2]); song with highest maximum frequency (2) and largest frequency range (3)#R; and from F. owstoni by its yellow lower eyelid (2); short narrow vs long broad supercilium (ns[1]); greener upperparts (1); yellower underparts (1); song with highest maximum frequency (3) and largest frequency range (3)#R. Recently described taxon “F. beijingnica” is a first-summer (second calendar-year) male of present species. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

E China (NE Hebei and Shanxi); non-breeding S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Green-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula elisae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344065 on 24 January 2019).