Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata, adult on lookout perch near nest, Bedfordshire

Old World flycatchers and chats

A large family worldwide, with several European but just two regular UK species, both migrants from Africa.

They sit rather upright on short legs, have tapered tails, large eyes and shallow but broad bills, which help them catch flying insects. They are quite long-winged and agile in flight.