Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)


Taxonomy

French: Gobemouche à demi-collier German: Halbringschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas semiacollarado
Taxonomy:

Muscicapa semitorquata

Homeyer

, 1885,

Caucasus

.

Often regarded as conspecific with F. albicollis; differences in ecology and morphology suggest that treatment as separate species is more appropriate, with genetic data supporting this#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and from Caucasus and Transcaucasus S to N & NW Iran; winters in EC Africa (extreme S South Sudan S to W Tanzania).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 8–17·2 g. Male breeding has head (including lores, ear-coverts and around eye) to mantle and upperwing glossy black; forehead white, side of neck behind... read more

Voice

Song a short phrase of a few thin, high-pitched notes, lasting 2–3 seconds, similar to that... read more

Habitat

Open forest, mostly montane, preferring oak (Quercus) and beech (Fagus) forests... read more

Food and feeding

Food mainly flying insects, including mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), larval lepidopterans, adult... read more

Breeding

Breeds mid-Apr to mid-Jul (hatching mostly in first three weeks of May) in Caucasus. Typically monogamous; indications of... read more

Movements

Migratory. Non-breeding quarters in EC Africa, in extreme S Sudan, E DRCongo (Kivu), SW Uganda (... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population level uncertain, but probably locally fairly common; has spread W in Balkan Peninsula. Reports of breeding in Algeria and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata). 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/59050 on 15 December 2018).