Spotted flycatcher perched on branch (c) Ian White

Spotted flycatcher

Spotted flycatchers are a menace to all flying insects. From a high vantage point, they perch upright and alert waiting patiently for an unsuspecting insect to fly past. Once spotted, the insect has no chance. The flycatcher launches from its perch, snapping its perfect, fly-catching bill shut like a trap. Spotted flycatchers make a sound not unlike a squeaky cartwheel, and might sound out of place in the woodlands and parks of Europe and western Asia. They arrive in the UK to breed after a long migration from a winter spent in central Africa.

Scientific name: Muscicapa striata

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Spotted flycatcher taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Spotted flycatcher can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Spotted flycatcher distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Old world flycatchers
  7. Muscicapa
  8. Spotted flycatcher

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