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Conservation status: Amber

The pied flycatcher is a small, flycatching bird, slightly smaller than a house sparrow. The male is mostly black on the upperparts and white underneath, with a bold white patch on the folded wing. Females are browner. It is a summer visitor and breeds mainly in western areas, spending the winter in West Africa.

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Overview

Latin name

Ficedula hypoleuca

Family

Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Where to see them

Found in mature woodlands mainly to the west of the UK, not in N Ireland. The valleys and hillsides of Wales are a good place to look for breeding birds in summer and the RSPB's Nagshead reserve has a good population. You may also see it in spring and autumn at coastal migration watchpoints.

When to see them

Late April to September

What they eat

Insects and caterpillars; fruit and seeds in late summer and on migration.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-17,000-20,000 pairs--

Distribution

Key

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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