Spotted Flycatcher

Name: Spotted Flycatcher

Scientific name: Muscicapa striata

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized song bird, about 15cm long. Spotted Flycatchers are birds of open woodland, parks and gardens. They are a dull greyish brown above, paler beneath with a streaky crown and breast. They have a relatively long tail which is often flicked while flying in mid-air.

How to identify: A streaky greyish brown bird that sits on obvious perches, flying out to catch flies.

Where: A widespread summer visitor. Look for the flicking tail in mid-air.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: One of the latest summer migrants to return to Britain, they don't reappear on their breeding territories until June and may only be around for a couple of months, just long enough to rear their young.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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