2015 Bonanza Bird #13: Collared Flycatcher

Our Birdorable Bonanza: 2015 Advent Edition continues today with a pretty black-and-white flycatcher from the Old World: the Collared Flycatcher!

Birdorable Collared Flycatcher

The Collared Flycatcher is a pretty black-and-white species of songbird found in the Old World. These flycatchers are migratory; they breed across parts of Europe and winter in southeastern parts of Africa.

As one would expect, Collared Flycatchers feed on flying insects. They also eat other insects like ants and spiders, as well as snaile. They may also feed on seeds and berries found in their preferred forested habitat.

Collared Flycatchers nest in cavities, using tree holes or nest boxes. An open nest is constructed inside the cavity for incubation and brooding. During the nesting and fledgling stages, young Collared Flycatchers or unhatched eggs may fall prey to Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Via scientific bird ringing or banding, it is known that the longest-lived wild Collared Flycatcher reached nearly 8 years of age.

Muchárik bielokrký (Ficedula albicollis); Collared Flycatcher
Photo by Andrej Chudý (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Halsbandsflugsnappare / Collared Flycatcher
Photo by Stefan Berndtsson (CC BY 2.0)

The Collared Flycatcher is our 629th Birdorable bird. Be sure to check out our collection of apparel and gifts featuring the Birdorable Collared Flycatcher!

Our Bonanza continues tomorrow with a bird named for its very large beak. Can you guess tomorrow's species?


???c????? ????? (White-throated Sparrow) on December 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM wrote:
Aw... And hornbill
Louise Warner on February 10, 2017 at 9:21 AM wrote:
some hornbill?
Louise Warner on March 1, 2017 at 8:54 AM wrote:
Rhinoceros hornbill?
Spurwing Plover on May 30, 2022 at 5:56 PM wrote:
So he only catches Collared Flies?
Spurwing Plover on December 17, 2022 at 8:07 AM wrote:
Rioneros Hornbill

Leave a comment

Comments with links or HTML will be deleted. Your comment will be published pending approval.
Your email address will not be published

Two weeks until Halloween

Two weeks from today is Halloween! Did you already get your costume? If you like cute birds then check out our cute Birdorable Halloween products. How cute are these Birdorable birds dressed up for Halloween?

New Birdorable Coloring Pages: Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel and Turkey Vulture

We have three new Birdorable coloring pages for anyone who loves to color! They are the Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel and Turkey Vulture! Go to Coloring Pages to download these three new PDFs and check the Meet the Birds page to check the colors.

Help save wildlife!

If you're on Facebook or you know someone who is, please consider supporting our favorite wildlife rehabber, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, with a vote in the Chase Community Giving Campaign. Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is a private, not-for-profit organization in the Chicago area treating over 3,400 animals...

Bonanza Bird #3: St. Lucia Amazon

For 22 days we’re adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2012. We’re counting up to Birdorable #400! Today we introduce the Birdorable Saint Lucia Amazon! The Saint Lucia Amazon is...