Red-breasted Flycatcher

Ficedula parva (Bechstein, 1792) FY REBFL 13430
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Graham Catley

The Red-breasted Flycatcher resembles a pale Robin, with its black and white patterned tail characteristically cocked. This is a scarce migrant from central and eastern Europe, that is commoner in autumn than spring. Annual numbers are thought to be around 100 individuals.

Breeding from central Europe east to the Ural Mountains, Red-breasted Flycatcher is a migrant, whose wintering grounds are in India.

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Red-breasted Flycatcher identification is sometimes difficult.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Red-breasted Flycatcher, provided by xeno-canto contributors.


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.



This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Red-breasted Flycatcher is a scarce autumn passage migrant, typically encountered in September and October; there are occasional spring records.

Weekly occurence of Red-breasted Flycatcher from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Red-breasted Flycatcher ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Red-breasted Flycatcher, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.



Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwybedog Brongoch
Catalan: papamosques menut
Czech: lejsek malý
Danish: Lille Fluesnapper
Dutch: Kleine Vliegenvanger
Estonian: väike-kärbsenäpp
Finnish: pikkusieppo
French: Gobemouche nain
German: Zwergschnäpper
Hungarian: kis légykapó
Icelandic: Peðgrípur
Irish: Cuilire Broinnrua
Italian: Pigliamosche pettirosso
Latvian: mazais muškerajs
Lithuanian: mažoji margoji musinuke
Norwegian: Dvergfluesnapper
Polish: mucholówka mala
Portuguese: papa-moscas-real
Slovak: muchárik malý
Slovenian: mali muhar
Spanish: Papamoscas papirrojo
Swedish: mindre flugsnappare

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