Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)


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

Muscicapa semitorquata


, 1885,



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.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).