Pied Flycatcher

Scientific name: Ficedula hypoleuca

Did you know: The Pied Flycatcher, a dainty bird known for its acrobatic insect-catching abilities, travels impressive distances each year, migrating between its breeding grounds in the UK and wintering spots in West Africa!

What Do Pied Flycatchers Look Like? (how to identify them)

Pied Flycatchers are small birds, marginally smaller in size than House Sparrows. The male is predominantly black on its upper parts and white underneath, highlighted by striking white patches on the folded wing. The females, in contrast, are cloaked in a more subdued brown.

Differences Between Male And Female Pied Flycatchers

Males are dressed in a sharp black and white plumage, making them quite noticeable. Females, on the other hand, are more discreet in their appearance, exhibiting a brownish colour that offers excellent camouflage.

What Do Pied Flycatchers Eat?

These birds are primarily insectivores. They skillfully snatch flying insects mid-air and also feed on caterpillars and other small invertebrates. During late summer and migration, their diet expands to include fruits and seeds.

Where Do Pied Flycatchers Live? (inc. migration info)

Pied Flycatchers are summer visitors to the UK, predominantly nesting in western regions and mature oak forests. They are migrants, spending winters in West Africa, and show a particular affinity for temperate rainforest habitats in their breeding grounds.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Pied Flycatchers)

The Pied Flycatcher’s most recognised daytime call is a sharp, ascending ‘wit’ which is also occasionally heard at night, though less often. Usually at night it’s call is a ‘zzz’. It’s particularly pleasing when these birds blend both calls into a third type, which goes ‘zzz-wit’.

Fun Pied Flycatcher Facts (kid friendly)

  • Pied Flycatchers can catch insects right out of the air!
  • They migrate all the way to Africa for winter.
  • Male Pied Flycatchers have a dapper black and white outfit, while females dress in brown for better camouflage.
  • They love living in oak forests.
  • These birds are cavity nesters, often using tree holes or nest boxes.
  • They lay around six light blue eggs.
  • The oldest recorded Pied Flycatcher was 9 years old.
  • You can spot them in the UK from April to October.
  • They are known for their aerial agility.
  • The male Pied Flycatcher often travels long distances for a second mate.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Pied Flycatcher

Diet: Insects and caterpillars, fruit and seeds in late summer and on migration.
Bird Family: Old World flycatchers and chats
Length: 13cm
Wingspan: 21-24cm
Weight: 12-15g
Scientific Name: Ficedula hypoleuca

The Pied Flycatcher Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October