Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)


French: Gobemouche narcisse German: Narzissenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas narciso

Muscicapa narcissina


, 1836,



Has previously been considered conspecific with F. zanthopygia (which see). Until recently considered also conspecific with F. elisae and F. owstoni (see under those species). Monotypic.


Coastal Ussuriland#R, Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan (S to Kyushu); non-breeding Hainan, Philippines and N Borneo.

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 11–12 g, male on average larger than female. Medium-sized flycatcher, males brightly coloured. Male nominate race is distinctively black and... read more


Song extremely variable but characteristically rapid series of warbled phrases, e.g. “... read more


Temperate and subtropical broadleaf and conifer forests. In forested river valleys breeds in mixed... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, but includes caterpillars and other small invertebrates; also some fruit, e.g. berries. Usually solitary or in pairs,... read more


Season May–Jul. Territorial. Nest cup-shaped, of sedges, leaves and horsetails (Equisetum), placed 1·5–4... read more


Resident and migratory. Nominate race and elisae are long-distance migrants; owstoni... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally abundant on Sakhalin I, and common and widespread throughout most of Japan; uncommon in E China. Race owstoni formerly a... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina). 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 23 January 2019).