Malaysian Birds - Flycatchers

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.


The dull coloured Jungle Flycatchers


  1. Asian Brown Flycatcher  
  2. Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher  
  3. Brown-streaked Flycatcher   
  4. Chestnut-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher   
  5. Dark-sided Flycatcher   
  6. Eyebrowed Jungle-Flycatcher   
  7. Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher   
  8. Gray-chested Jungle-Flycatcher   
  9. Gray-streaked Flycatcher   


The more colourful regular Flycatchers


  10. Blue-and-white Flycatcher   
  11. Bornean Blue Flycatcher  
  12. Chinese Blue Flycatcher  
  13. Ferruginous Flycatcher  
  14. Green-backed Flycatcher  
  15. Hill Blue Flycatcher  
  16. Indigo Flycatcher  
  17. Indochinese Blue Flycatcher  
  18. Large Blue Flycatcher  
   19. Little Pied Flycatcher  
  20. Malaysian Blue Flycatcher  
  21. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher  
  22.Mugimaki Flycatcher  
  23. Narcissus Flycatcher  
  24.Pale Blue Flycatcher  
  25. Pygmy Flycatcher  
  26. Rufous-browed Flycatcher  
  27. Rufous-chested Flycatcher  
  28. Snowy-browed Flycatcher  
  29. Sunda Blue Flycatcher  
  30. Taiga Flycatcher  
  31. Verditer Flycatcher  
  32. White-tailed Flycatcher  
  33. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher  
  34. Zappey's Flycatcher  

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.

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.


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