Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

The narcissus flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) is a species of flycatcher found in the Old World. It is found in the East Palearctic region, from Sakhalin in the north to Japan, mainland China, and Taiwan in the south, wintering in southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Borneo. It is a very migratory species, having been discovered as a vagrant from Australia to Alaska in the north.


Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Male Narcissus flycatchers have a black head and mantle, a brilliant orange neck with lighter breast and underparts, an orange-yellow brow, black wings with a white wing patch, an orange-yellow rump, and a black tail in full breeding plumage. Males that are not reproducing exhibit various degrees of yellow. Females are entirely different, having a buff-brown body and rusty-colored wings, as well as a two-toned eyering.


Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

This species is predominantly insect-feeding and prefers deciduous woods. Males engaged in breeding sing in repeated melodic whistles. Previously, the green-backed flycatcher was designated a subspecies.

In early May, the Narcissus Flycatcher arrives in Southeast Asia to begin mating activity. Males come ahead of females to construct a nest that will help in mate selection and provide refuge. Older guys generally arrive at the location earlier than younger males due to their experience with the routine.

The bird's name refers to the golden hue of several types of narcissus flowers.


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