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Ficedula albicollis (Collared flycatcher) 

WithalsvlieŽvanger [Afrikaans]; Withalsvliegenvanger [Dutch]; Gobemouche ŗ collier [French]; Halsbandschnšpper [German]; Papa-moscas-de-colar [Portuguese]

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Ficedula albicollis (Collared flycatcher)   

Collared flycatcher, Sweden. [photo Stefan Johansson ©]


Distribution and habitat

Its breeding grounds are in central and south-eastern Europe; in the non-breeding season it heads south though the centre of Africa to the DRC, Zambia and Tanzania, marginally extending into southern Africa. Here it is a rare summer vagrant, occasionally occurring in the northern half of Zimbabwe and the north-eastern corner of Namibia (not in the Caprivi Strip). It has only been recorded moist woodland, forest edges and open country with scattered trees.

Distribution of Collared flycatcher in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.