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Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)


The spotted flycatcher is a small slim bird, around 14.5 cm in length, with a weight of 14–20 g. It has dull grey-brown upperparts and off-white underparts. The crown, throat and breast are streaked with brown while the wings and tail feathers are edged with paler thin margins. The sexes are alike.The spotted flycatcher shows excellent egg recognition, which may be due to an adaptive evolution from once being a host of the cuckoo, and has ceased to be victimised.


They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for open areas amongst trees.


Invertebrates, especially flies, as its name suggests.

Protection status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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