Green-backed Flycatcher

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The Green-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula elisae) is considered an uncommon winter visitor to peninsula Malaysia. My local experience is that, while this is not as common a migrant as the Asian Brown Flycatcher, is it almost as commonly seen as the Mugimaki Flycatcher. Handbook of Birds of the World Alive (2021) notes that the only non-breeding migrant locations are south Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

The above two images as well as the image below are of the same bird. I think this is a female and not a first winter male or female. There is no mottling or scalloping pattern on the breast. The rufous wash to the outsides of the uppertail (Moores 2005) and dark brown upperwing with feathers edged/tipped whitish (HBW 2020) also support this.

The image below is a male, photographed from a location of about ~2 km away.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Road through primary forest

Date: 14th January 2021

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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