Collared Flycatcher

      Ficedula albicollis

      Information

      The Collared Flycatcher is one of the rarest breeding birds in Switzerland. It inhabits open sweet-chestnut orchards on the southern side of the Alps. Together with the Italian Alps, this isolated population lies on the south-western edge of its range. Its main area of distribution lies in the temperate latitudes of Eastern Europe. The Collared Flycatcher is usually difficult to observe since it favours treetops. Knowledge of its thin, drawn-out call can help you to spot it.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, local breeder, rare migrant
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      15 - 25 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      12-13
      wing span (cm)
      22-24
      Weight (g)
      9-19
      Nest site
      cavities in trees
      Food
      insects, spiders
      Group
      Flycatchers
      Habitat
      chestnut groves, deciduous forest
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution