Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Spotted Flycatchers are medium-sized songbirds of open woodland, parks and gardens. They have a relatively long tail which is often flicked while they sit patiently on a perch waiting for a chance to fly out to catch their insect prey mid-air. During the breeding season, they can be seen across the UK, but leave here in August for their wintering grounds in tropical Africa. They are passage migrants that can be seen in September.


A streaky, greyish-brown bird, the Spotted Flycatcher is pale underneath, with a streaky crown and breast.


Length: 14cm Wingspan: 24cm Weight: 17g Average Lifespan: 2 years


Classified in the UK as a Red List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review and as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.


A widespread summer visitor.

When to see

April – September


One of the latest summer migrants to return to Britain, they don’t reappear on their breeding territories until June and may only be around for a couple of months, just long enough to rear their young.

Common name

Spotted Flycatcher

Species name

Muscicapa striata

When to see in Scotland

April – September

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