Wednesday, 2 September 2015

European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

OTHER NAMES: Pied Flycatcher
Latin Etymology: Ficedula (a small fig eating bird in Latin) hypoleuca ("white beneath")
Female or immature European Pied Flycatcher (subspecies F. n. hypoleuca) at Alexandra Palace, London - September 2015

Featured Subspecies: Ficedula hypoleuca hypoleuca
Weight: 10-15g  /  Length: 13cm  /  Wingspan: 22cm
UK AMBER LIST IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

The Pied Flycatcher is one of the species in the UK that is mostly limited to the West and North of the UK, it generally prefers old oak-woodland.  This means it tends to be mostly found in Wales, Northern England and Scotland.  However, as a migrant, it can be theoretically seen on passage anywhere, as was the case with this female/juvenile bird seen in the gardens of Alexandra Palace.  The adult male is much more distinctive - being a bold black and white species, and as such is probably a bit easier to pick out when you see them.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Ficedula
Subspecies: F. h. hypoleuca, F. h. iberiae, S. h. sibirica

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Locally common in the North and West as a Summer Breeding Migrant (17,000-20,000 pairs). 
 - Single female/juvenile bird seen on passage at Alexandra Palace (September 2015), .

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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