Papa-moscas-cinzento © Diogo Oliveira

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

The Spotted Flycatcher is a discrete migratory passerine that breeds in much of the Palearctic including Portugal.

Eminently insectivorous, it hunts the insects in flight from a perch where it returns after the capture.

The scientific name expresses well its characteristics: Muscicapa is the contraction of the Latin terms musca (fly) and capere (capture); striata is also a Latin term meaning “fluted” alluding to the striped plumage that this bird shows in the chest and crown.

Text: João E. Rabaça

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