The pied flycatcher is a small bird - slightly smaller than a house sparrow. Males have black upperparts and white lower parts and strong white patches on the folded wing. Compared to males, females are much more of a browner colour.
These birds spend the winter in West Africa and visit the UK in summer, where it spends most of its time in western areas breeding.
Their diets consist of caterpillars and insects. In late summer and during migration they eat fruit and seeds.