Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)


French: Gobemouche à taches grises German: Strichelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas estriado

Hemichelidon griseisticta


, 1861,

near Takoo (= Ta-ku), northern China


Birds of Kamchatka and probably N Kuril Is sometimes separated as race pallens. Monotypic.


NE China (N Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang and Jilin), N Korea, SE Russia (Amurland, Ussuriland, C & S Kamchatka), Sakhalin and Kuril Is; non-breeding Taiwan, Philippines, N Borneo, Sulawesi, E Lesser Sundas (Wetar, Leti), Moluccas and W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

12·5–14 cm; 15·1–17·4 g. Small, long-winged grey flycatcher with prominent dark grey streaks on underparts, long primary projection. Crown is... read more


Song short, fairly quiet twittering phrases incorporating a variety of whistling notes; male starts... read more


Breeds mainly in larch (Larix) forest and forest edges; occasionally in lowland dense... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, includes small invertebrates; recorded also as hovering to take berries. Usually solitary, occasionally in pairs;... read more


Details from Russian Far East. Season mid-May to late Jul; single-brooded. Apparently monogamous. Solitary, territorial. Nest built by both... read more


Migratory. Departs from breeding area in Aug to mid-Oct, passage in C Japan Aug to mid-Oct, through... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon in NE China; rare or scarce in Russia; fairly common in most of non-breeding range, but rare in N & C Borneo. Present in Xianghai... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta). 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 27 February 2020).