Flycatchers  Muscicapidae
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These are small birds with flatten bills. They may be in blue, brown or grey in colors. World wide there 116 species and of which 42 can be spotted in South-East Countries. From the list below, 33 species was reported seen in Malaysia.

This is one kind of birds that makes bird watching interesting. They are small and most of them on the list are either migrants or passage migrants. It is an annual wait for the period of time each years when the birds are southbound and returning north. Some return to the same locality while others are waiting to be spotted.

For such a large number of birds, I made my personal selection in grouping them into 3 pages to keep the number of birds small as well seeking some similarity for easy references.

 

Page 2-Jungle Flycatchers

 

Blue Flycatchers or named "Blue"

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias brunneatus   Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias olivaceus   Asian Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus
Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias umbratilis   Indigo Flycatcher Eumyias indigo

 Dull colored Flycatchers

  Pale Blue Flycatcher Cyornis unicolor
Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta   Hill Blue Flycatcher Cyornis banyumas
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica   Pygmy Blue Flycatcher Muscicapella hodgsoni
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica   Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae

 Page 1- Colorful Flycatchers

  Bornean Blue Flycatcher Cyornis superbus
Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea   Malaysian Blue Flycatcher Cyornis turcosus
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia   Mangrove Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina   White-tailed Blue Flycatcher Cyornis concretus
Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki  

No report of recent sightings

Rufous-chested Flycatcher Ficedula dumetoria   Rufous-tailed Jungle Flycatcher Muscicapella hodgsoni
Rufous-browed Flycatcher Ficedula solitaris   Rufous-tailed Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias ruficauda
Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra   Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias gularis
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni      

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Ficedula parva   Hainan Blue Flycatcher Cyornis hainanus

More pages - The Odd Flycatchers

  Large-billed Blue Flycatcher Cyornis caerulatus

Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher

Culicicapa ceylonensis Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides
Paradise Flycatchers      
 

These small birds have one feature in common and that is using the rictual bristles to catch flying insects. As for habits, many of them seek regular perch. i.e. opting for the favorite perch and returning to the same perch the whole day or season. Well, some may not but still hang around the vicinity of the tiny locality.

Most of the Flycatchers have weak songs, more like murmuring while a couple have louder whispers.

They are usually alone and perhaps another Flycatcher in the nearby area, but I have yet to see them acting in pair.

 

Page1 Colorful Flycatchers

1. Ferruginous Flycatchers   Muscicapa ferruginea

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13 Cm.  This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. The Ferruginous Flycatcher has a head that is grey with strong rufous on the upper part and light on the under part. Like the Dark-sided the wings are extra dark. Diagnostic would be the eye ring and slightly fluffy throat

 Distribution :-  The bird at the base of the Himalayas Mountain in North eastern India and south western China, then Taiwan. The bird winters in the Greater Sundas & Philippines.
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a forest bird of the sub-montane climate, staying in a tight area the whole day without straying.
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- Mostly found in Frasers Hill and Bukit Tinggi. had encountered the bird in lowland Congkak. This bird stays at the forest edge, remaining in the same spot the whole day. Normally lower storey but at time rarely in the middle storey. So during the migratory season keep your eyes open when walking through forest path.
 
 My personal jottings :-

This is stubby little bird at only 13 cm long. This is a bird again from the slopes of the southern Himalayas, Taiwan and then winters in the Greater Sundas and the Philippines.  This is also a common visitor to Malaysia. Unique is at last a Flycatcher that prefer the lower storey, in fact not tree but very low branches just a meters or so from the ground. The bird also flies out very frequently from its perch the whole day and returning to the same position.

So far this bird from the cool climate prefers sub-montane habitats and I had them in Frasers Hills as well as Bukit Tinggi. Seen them in Congkak and Perdik, both lowland forest.

The habit of this bird is so consistent that once spotted, birders could return to see the bird over a long period of time during the migratory period.

In this page unfortunately, I could not show any picture of the female.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Ferruginous Flycatcher #1

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  2

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  3

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 4

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 5

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 6

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  7

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 8

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 9

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  10

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 11

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 12

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  16

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 17

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 18

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  19

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 20

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 21

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  22

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 23

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 24

Ferruginous Flycatcher #  25

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 26

Ferruginous Flycatcher # 27

2. Little Pied Flycatchers   Ficedula westermanni2

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 12 Cm. Same habitats and same behavior like the Rufous-browed, supposedly a resident, some months rarely seen but certain months plenty of them around. The Little Pied Flycatcher is easy to spot with its white colored patches. Unmistakable as this is the only pied Flycatcher i.e. in Black & White.

 Distribution :-  This is a bird from the Indian Sub-continent, south west China, the Sundas & Philippines
 Habitats & preferences:- This is also a bird of the sub-montane climate , never seen in lower altitude. This bird may have fixed area of operation but most of its time flying all over the place.
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- Seen most in Frasers Hills and Awana. This is supposing a local bird but not seen easily. But during the migratory as well as nesting seasons, it is a commonly seen bird. So if it is around, its a matter of time the bird is spotted.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Little-pied Flycatcher is marginally smaller than the rest at less than 12 cm. long. This is another bird from the south eastern slopes of the Himalayas, the Sundas & the Philippines.. It is also resident in Malaysia sub-montane

In that altitude and environment, there are only forest and the bird prefers the middle storey but nesting in the lower storey. Very often joins the bird wave of the area and then returning to its own area of perch. Another Flycatcher that was never perched in the same spot for long time but constantly on the move within the small area.

Most commonly seen in Frasers while available in all Malaysia hills resorts. Very distinct and eyes catching white against a forest of green leaves.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Little Pied Flycatcher # 1

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 2

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 3

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 4

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 5

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 6

Little Pied Flycatcher # 7

female Little Pied  # 8

female Little Pied # 9

female Little Pied # 10

female Little Pied # 11

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 12

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 16

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 17

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 18

Little Pied Flycatcher # 19

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 20

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 21

Little Pied Flycatcher # 22

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 23

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 24

Little Pied Flycatcher # 25

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 26

Little Pied  Flycatcher # 27

3. Mugimaki Flycatchers   Ficedula mugimaki

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13.5 Cm. This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. This is the most sighted among all wintering Flycatchers. The Mugimaki is a bulkier bird at 13.5 cm long. The upper part is in dark color with the white supercilium and white dash at the wing. The throat is bright rufous-orange leaving the rest of the under part in white

 Distribution :-  The bird is from far north and northern China, wintering in the Greater Sundas and the Philippines.
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a sub-montane forest bird but prefers forest edge and some open ground
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The bird is most common in Bukit TInggi but could be found in Frasers as well as Ulu kali. This bird hangs around the same vicinity says a 10 meter radius, in the lower storey. Unlike the Ferruginous Flycatcher, it may have several favorite spots but would be necessary return to the same spot all the time.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Mugimaki Flycatcher is also more that 13 cm. The bird's trace back to the far north and north eastern China, coming a long way to the Greater Sundas as well as Malaysia for wintering.

Coming from the cold this obviously is a montane bird which also do choose the warmer mountains of Bukit Tinggi and Fraser Hills as well.

Very distinctive bird and easy to recognize. This bird prefers the lower levels of forest or staying within scrubs, although not returning to the same perch after each take-off but hang around as very tight small area. Another point to note is that the bird, most likely from the same brood return to the same spot each year.

The way my photos were showing the birds do says a lot about the bird's attitude. Most pictures were made in Bukit Tinggi where the male was a very co-operative model but the female was not. For the pictures on the female, she was readily available and less cautious with the presence of human in Ulu kali, a climate more suited for the birds.

Record of bird's call:-    and Videos:-
 

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 1

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 2

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 3

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 4

Mugimaki Flycatcher #5

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 6

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 7

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 8

Mugimaki Flycatcher #9

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 10

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 11

Mugimaki Flycatcher #12

female Mugimaki  # 16

female Mugimaki  # 17

Mugimaki Flycatcher #18

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 19

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 20

Mugimaki Flycatcher #21

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 22

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 23

Mugimaki Flycatcher #24

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 25

Mugimaki Flycatcher # 26

Mugimaki Flycatcher #27

4. Narcissus Flycatchers   Ficedula narcissina elisae

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13 Cm. This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. Extremely rare in meeting up with them years ago but now there were more often sightings made. The Narcissus Flycatcher is also 13 cm long. It is distinctive as the upper part is olive green, the under part is yellow. Diagnostic is the thin yellow loral stripe above the eyes and the white wing patch

 Distribution :-  The bird is from north eastern Japan and that part of China
 Habitats & preferences:- Surprisingly for a bird from the cold climate this is a lowland forest bird that prefers forest edges
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The bird is more seen near forest edge and that of park with the fringes of forest on hills. Again one more bird like the Ferruginous, it almost return to that one perching spot but in this case the bird had about 3-4 favorite spots. Spotting the bird is not easy as its fight is very confined and hardly attracts any attention. But however, if the bird stays in on that one area long enough, says 30 minutes sure to catch the bird's movement. So during migraory season, it pays to remain quiet at every possible spot for a period of time.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Narcissus Flycatcher conforms with the size of 13 cm. The bird is native to Korea, Japan, east China and Taiwan doing its wintering in South East Asia. There are 3 sub-species and the one landing in Malaysia comes from East China. That's why it is hail as the Chinese Flycatcher or easier called Green-backed Flycatcher. Only the sub-species going to Philippines has the crown turned black and the throat turns to orange when breeding. The Green-backed has its crown turned olive-green and throat - a very rich yellow as shown in fig.6. Contrary to reports which mentioned that the female has buff-brown colors combined with rusty shaded wings [typical of most female Flycatcher], the one captured by me with the male appears more green than brown.

The bird prefer forest edge of lowland forest and stays in the middle storey of scrubs and within the foliage. Virtually impossible to locate them until they leave their perch to expose themselves momentarily.

In the last couple of years, I have good fortune to meet up with a couple of these birds in the Kiara Hills and the Ampang Recreation Park. This year, they were in Ampang and the agriculture Park in Shah Slam.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Green-backed Flycatcher # 1

Green-backed Flycatcher # 2

Green-backed Flycatcher # 3

Green-backed Flycatcher # 4

Green-backed Flycatcher # 5

Green-backed Flycatcher # 6

Green-backed Flycatcher # 7

Green-backed Flycatcher # 8

Green-backed Flycatcher # 9

Green-backed Flycatcher # 10

Green-backed Flycatcher # 11

female Flycatcher # 12

female Flycatcher # 16

female Flycatcher # 17

female Flycatcher # 18

female Flycatcher # 19

female Flycatcher # 20

eclipse male Flycatcher # 21

eclipse male Flycatcher # 22

eclipse male Flycatcher # 23

eclipse male Flycatcher # 24

eclipse male Flycatcher # 25

eclipse male Flycatcher # 26

eclipse male Flycatcher # 27

eclipse male Flycatcher # 28

eclipse male Flycatcher # 29

eclipse male Flycatcher # 30

5. Red-throated Flycatchers   Ficedula parva

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13 Cm. Not to be seen in Malaysia. But the last few years more and more sightings reported. All the Flycatchers seem to be consistently 13 cm long so is this one. This is a straight forward bird with grayish brown on the upper part and white on the under part. Edge of the tail upper feather in black. Black beak with pale eye ring. Only the male in breeding season has that rufous-orange throat. Otherwise another dull colored bird

 Distribution :-  This is a bird from the arctic region and winters in southern China and the Philippines.
 Habitats & preferences:- This bird is not suppose to be in the region but now with climate changes, reports of sightings are increasing.
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The bird was sighted in the mangrove forest in Sungei Buloh. I have seen the bird only twice in Malaysia. But in Thailand where the bird is plentiful, it was perched near ground level almost the same spot, usually open. Then it moves around fairly often, says every 5 minutes.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Red-breasted Flycatcher also known as the Red-throated Flycatcher is at 13 cm. The bird is more known as the Red-breasted though I could not see the breast as distinguishing "red."

This is a European bird wintering in Asia. Much more common in Thailand where these pictures were taken. Reason why I decided to include these 3 pictures were the listing made as a bird seen in Malaysia for one. Secondly the female was spotted and photographed in Jeram, last season.

The bird is distinguished by its upright posture when perched and prefers the lower storey. It has the habit of dropping downwards in its take off. Since it is my isolated sighting  I cannot comment more.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Red-breasted Flycatcher  # 1

Red-breasted Flycatcher  # 2

Red-breasted Flycatcher  # 3

6. Rufous-browed Flycatchers   Ficedula solitaris malayana

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13 Cm. This is a resident seen only in good number in certain months of the year. This Flycatcher though maintaining the same size as the other Flycatcher has quite a different appearance in body shape because of it's shorter tail. This Flycatcher has yellowish orange upper part and a under part in lighter shade. The front of the crown is distinctively bright rufous that stretches over the face. Otherwise the whole bird almost gold, rich rufous-chest to be exact. The underpart in much duller shade. Diagnostic would be the pure white throat with a black border. For our species, this black trimming should not be noticeable at all but the pictures I have show the border rather clearly.

 Distribution :-  This is a bird from the island of Sumatra
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a sub-montane bird, easily spotted in Frasers hills
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- Had encountered this bird in almost all the sub-montane forest. This bird do not stay on the ground although it does forages on the ground. Most times have perch at very low level. Again it remains in the small vicinity. Do not have fixed perches and seen in the open to attract attention and then retreats to the forested area to appear some distance away in the open.
 My personal jottings :-

The Rufous-browed Flycatcher is also 13 cm. long. This is a bird that originates from the Sumatra Island and now a resident of Fraser Hills, at least this is the place where the bird was seen most often.

This is definitely a sub-montane bird that prefers the lower storey or shall I say prefers valleys and depressions inland where it can flies up over the edge. Quite often spotted at the edge of steep slopes or deep down in the valley.

I can recall one incident that the bird was perched when spotted and called incessantly. Other times, the bird did stay at the same place when spotted without any hurry to leave. When the bird is threatened for example with the presence of human nearby, the bird would remained perched in the same spot or move to another which is nearby, but remains visible.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 1

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 2

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 3

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 4

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 5

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 6

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 7

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 8

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 9

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 10

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 11

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 12

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 16

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 17

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 18

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 19

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 20

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 21

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 22

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 23

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 24

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 25

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 26

Rufous-browed Flycatcher  # 27

 

7. Rufous-chested Flycatchers  Ficedula dumetoria

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 12 Cm. This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. Have not displayed pattern of returning to the old hunting ground. Does not look smaller than those cousin of 13 Cm. This bird like the Mugimaki has a dark upper part prominently dark blue, the under part is almost white and the throat of bright orange stick out prominently. In fact it is a compact bird with shorter wings and tail when compared to other  look alike such as the Mugimaki. The white supercilium get finer at the front ends and reaches the front edge of the eye. The white streak on the wing finer but longer as well. The throat slightly puffy with rufous and continued towards the chest in pale orange rufous

 Distribution :-  This bird is from the Sundas
 Habitats & preferences:- While this a lowland forest bird but it does appear near sub-montane climatic region
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The bird was seen in Perdik and also in the Ulu Langat area. I had pictures of the female in Awana. This last series of pictures taken in Perdik had the bird on eye level and extremely close to me. The bird appeared large despite of its measurement of 12 Cm.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Rufous-chested Flycatcher is smaller  than the main group. It is only 12 cm long. It has being said that the bird has much similarity with the Mugimaki Flycatcher but it is a much shorter bird. Yes, they have many features in common. But look again carefully, the features though appear similar at the first glance are not. Then the white supercilium extend forward to go over the eyes? No! The Mugimaki has a short but broad supercilium while Rufous-chested has a long but slim design. It goes just on top to the edge in front - how much forward? Gauge for yourself. Then on the breast, the rufous color as against a shade of orange. The Mugimaki above has deep orange, other has much lighter orange. A better way to compare the shade with that between male & female. The male Rufous-chested has one closer to that of the female Mugimaki.

Unlike the Mugimaki Flycatcher, this is a tropical bird from the Greater Sundas and a visitor to Malaysia. The bird prefers its natural habitat of lowland forest but do go up the sub-montane areas. It can be seen at the low storey of trees or on twigs within the scrubs. It also stays within a designated area though not coming back to the same perch after each take off.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:- with calls

Most commonly seen in Perdik and quite a few spots in the Ulu Klang areas. I have spotted the bird in Gohtong Jaya, thanks goodness  the place too low an altitude for Mugimaki, otheriwse would be another ID episode.

 

female Rufous-chested   # 1

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 2

female Rufous-chested  # 3

female Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 4

 female Rufous-chested  # 5

juvenile Rufous-chested   # 6

juvenile  Rufous-chested # 7

juvenile Rufous-chested  # 8

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 9

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 10

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 11

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 12

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 16

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 17

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 18

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 19

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 20

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 21

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 22

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 23

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 24

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 25

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 26

Rufous-chested Flycatcher  # 27

8. Snowy-browed Flycatchers   Ficedula hyperythra sumatrama

 Size & diagnostic markings:-13 Cm.  This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. But the pair up in Gunong Kali is now rated as a vagrant. They bred and stayed the whole year round. The Snowy-browed at 12 cm appear small in comparison with others. It has a slaty blue upper part with the throat and breast in orange-rufous. Distinctive are the pair of eye brows that nearly met at the center. No white bars on the wings.

 Distribution :-  The bird's home is North-eastern India and south-western China, then Taiwan and the Philippines.
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a montane forest bird
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- So far had appeared most often in Ulu Kali peak and also seen in the sumit of Gunong Brinchang
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Snowy-browed Flycatcher is another small flycatcher at 12 cm. long. The pictures shows the distinctive ways the white-brows reach forward of the eyes. The bird is native to places like North-eastern India southern western China area, then Taiwan and the Sundas. This is now a resident in Malaysia seen only in the small enclave on mountain peaks. Notably that of Ulu Kali and in Gunong Brinchang, along the upper stretches of the road which runs on a mountain ridge.

Very little can be said about this Flycatcher. Unlike other Flycatchers which could be spotted from its perch, this bird appeared from the lower slopes and made momentary presence at the edges for food and off again descending into the wilderness. When not making sudden appearances for food, the bird could be spotted foraging hastily presumably for food in the upper storey, seldom perched .

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 1

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 2

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 3

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 4

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 5

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 6

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 7

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 8

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 9

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 10

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 11

Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 12

female Snowy-browed  # 16

female Snowy-browed   # 17

female Snowy-browed   # 18

female Snowy-browed  # 19 Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 20 Snowy-browed Flycatcher  # 21
female Snowy-browed  # 22 female Snowy-browed  # 23 female Snowy-browed  # 24
female Snowy-browed  # 25 female Snowy-browed  # 26 female Snowy-browed  # 27

 

9.Yellow-rumped Flycatchers   Ficedula zanthopygia

 Size & diagnostic markings:- 13 Cm. This is a migratory bird wintering in Malaysia during the year end months. The Yellow-rumped Flycatcher could grow to sizes beyond 13 cm.  The bird has a a black upper part and a bright yellow under part. Under the black wings the rump and back is also yellow. The white streak on the wings are broad and long and so are the supercilium over the eyes. The orange throat is seen only in spring.

 Distribution :-  This is a bird from the regions in Siberia, northern China and Korea wintering in the Sundas
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a bird of the lowland forest edge and some time at the edge of Parks close to forest.
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- This bird was seen in Ampang Recreation park, Kiara Hills and the Melawati hills and lately in montane Gunong Ulu Kali. This bird is different, prefers the middle storey instead of lower. Also stick to a small hinterland but cannot guess where it would be perched next.
 
 My personal jottings :-

The Yellow-rumped Flycatcher is a very conspicuous bird with its bright yellow under part and its white eye-brow. Another Flycatcher of 13 cm long, this Yellow-rumped appears more slim and longish when compared to the same size Ferruginous. Unlike most Flycatchers, this is a bird from Siberia and North-eastern China, wintering in the Greater Sundas.

It is reported that the bird is a scare visitors to Malaysia but in the last 2 years, the bird was spotted consistently as a passage migrant in a few places. In the earlier year, I even had picture of male in breeding plumage.

This is a lowland bird preferring forest edges. I had it spotted in the car park in Ampang Recreation Park as a winter visitor and in the Kiara Hills and park as a passage migrant. Both these places the birds were seen in open area which are edges to heavily forested park. The bird prefers the middle storey of low trees about 12-15 feet from the ground.

Record of bird's call:-    and Video:-
 

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 1

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 2

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 3

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 4

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 5

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 6

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 7

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 8

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 9

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 10

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 11

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 12

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 16

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 17

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 18

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 19

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 20

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher # 21

breeding male # 22

female Flycatcher # 23

female Flycatcher # 24

female Flycatcher # 25

female Flycatcher # 26

female Flycatcher # 27

 

Looking for the small Flycatchers is always an interesting task. May they be the normal colorful Flycatchers or the "Blue" Flycatchers. Many of these birds are winter visitors to our country. There must be so much of them in the forest  but not easily seen. They remain in their individual one small location all by themselves. Though being at the right spot, the bird easily encountered, but there is still a task of combing teh forest for them. Those locally available Flycatchers are easy to photograph as typical of Flycatchers, they stay around the same area though not in the same spot as those migrant.

Lastly there is another small number of Flycatchers who are passage migrants. Meeting up with these birds are merely by chance.

There are more of the dull colored Flycatchers on Page 2 - Jungle Flycatchers