Family:Old World flycatchers and chats
23cm to 25cm
14g to 19g
The Spotted Flycatcher is an abundant summer migrant which has its own breeding subspecies as well as migrating passage birds. They can be found almost anywhere on the Island and if staying in Puerto Pollenca they are commonly seen at the side of the bypass leading to the Boquer Valley. Regular sightings are also recorded at the Pine Walk and La Gola Nature Reserve.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia and is migratory, wintering in Africa and southwestern Asia. It is an undistinguished looking bird with long wings and tail. The adults have grey-brown upperparts and whitish underparts, with a streaked crown and breast, giving rise to the bird’s common name. The legs are short and black and the bill is black and has the broad but pointed shape typical of aerial insectivores. Juveniles are browner than adults and have spots on the upperparts.
Previously classed as a member of the family Turdidae (predominantly thrushes) the red-flanked bluetail is now generally acknowledged to belong to the family of old world flycatchers, Muscicapidae. This monotypic passerine resembles the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in size, shape and behaviour.
Britain’s favourite bird, and postcard pinup, the robin is a friendly visitor to the garden where it delights with its beautiful voice.
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