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A photo of a Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata), male
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Male

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

Ficedula strophiata

The Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula strophiata, is a small passerine bird adorned with a reddish-brown plumage. Its most striking feature is the vividly colored patch on its throat, which gives rise to its common name.

Identification Tips

This species can be recognized by its distinctive rufous throat patch, which contrasts with its otherwise brown and white plumage. Observers should also note its small size and flycatcher-like shape when identifying this bird.

Habitat

The Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher favors subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It thrives in these lush environments, which provide ample insect prey and suitable nesting sites.

Distribution

This bird's range extends across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is particularly common in the northern Kachin State of Myanmar, where it inhabits temperate forest areas near boreal mountains.

Behaviour

During the winter months, the Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher migrates to regions such as Thailand, North Laos, and Vietnam. The Himalayas serve as a major breeding ground for this species.

Breeding

The Himalayan region is a significant breeding area for the Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, where it engages in nesting and raising its young during the appropriate season.

Diet and Feeding

As a flycatcher, this bird predominantly feeds on insects, which it adeptly catches in flight using its agile maneuvers and keen eyesight.

Conservation status

The Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List, indicating that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers on a global scale.

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