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. Passage migrants 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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