Thursday, 20 March 2008

Special birds: Collared Flycatcher

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis is a rather common breeding bird of deciduous woods in central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, etc) from late April through summer. Breeding plumage males have more white on them than their close relatives Pied Flycatcher F. hypoleuca and Semi-collared Flycatcher F. semitorquata, especially on the forehead, wing and nape, hence the albicollis "white collar" in the name. Females and juveniles are very similar to the juveniles and females of those species. The songs and calls of Collared are, however, quite different to those of its relatives. Collared Flycatchers nest in natural tree cavities and especially in old woodpecker holes. They also willingly take to nest-boxes.

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