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Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva).jpg
Female red-breasted flycatcher Ficedula parva
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Ficedula
Brisson, 1760

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The Ficedula flycatchers are a genus of Old World flycatchers. The genus is the largest in the family, containing around thirty species. They have sometimes been included in the genus Muscicapa. The genus is found in Europe, Asia and Africa. Several species are highly migratory, whereas other species are sedentary.

The flycatchers in the genus Ficedula are typically small with slender bodies and rounded heads. In many cases they are sexually dimorphic in their plumage, with the males being brightly or strikingly coloured and the females being duller or drabber.[1]

The genus was introduced by the French naturalist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in 1760.[2][3]


The genus contains the following species:[4]


  1. ^ Taylor, B. "Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 30 May 2016. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Brisson, Mathurin-Jacques (1760). Ornithologie, ou, Méthode contenant la division des oiseaux en ordres, sections, genres, especes & leurs variétés etc. (in French and Latin). Paris: Jean-Baptiste Bauche. Volume 1, p. 38; Volume 3, p. 369. 
  3. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Cotterell, G. William (1986). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 11. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 335. 
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2016). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Moyle, R.G.; Hosner, P.A.; Jones, A.W.; Outlaw, D.C. (2015). "Phylogeny and biogeography of Ficedula flycatchers (Aves: Muscicapidae): Novel results from fresh source material" (PDF) 82: 87–94. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.09.029. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lei, X., Lian, Z.-M., Lei F.-M., Yin Z.-H., Zhao H.-F. 2007. Phylogeny of some Muscicapinae birds based on cyt b mitochondrial gene sequences. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 53(1):95 - 105. PDF fulltext
  • Outlaw, D.C.; Voelker, G. (2006). "Systematics of Ficedula flycatchers (Muscicapidae): A molecular reassessment of a taxonomic enigma". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41 (1): 118–126. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.05.004.