Wildlife to Visit of the Family Muscicapidae

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 10 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula) All year round.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, meadows, orchards and woodland.

Size: 12.5-14.0 cm (5.0-5.5 inches)

Food: Worms, insects and berries.

Voice: Warbling song and a harsh tick.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Often territorial, hops rapidly. A friendly bird that will sometimes feed from the hand of someone who is familiar.

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) ♂ © MTM arr
Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) All year round.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Coastal, heathlands and coniferous woods.

Food: Invertebrates, seeds and fruit such as blackberries.

Voice: Weest tack tack and warble song.

Season: All year round. All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) © Amurfalcon cc
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) All year round.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Towns and gardens, sea cliffs and brownfield.

Size: Length 13-14.5 cm (5.1-5.7 in).

Food: Insects, spiders, worms, berries and seeds.

Voice: Call: tick.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) © Daniela cc
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) All year round.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Woodland.

Size: Length 13-14 cm (5.1-5.5 in).

Food: Insects, caterpillars and berries.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) © Mickaël Dia cc
Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope) All year round.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Meadows, rivers and streams and woodland.

Size: Length 14-16 cm (5.5-6.3 in).

Food: Insects such as flies, their larvae, ants, wasps and beetles. Plants.

Voice: A low, rapid, musical warble.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope) ♂ © JJ Harrison cc
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) Early April to late September.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, mixed scrub and scrub.

Size: Length 15-16.5 cm (5.9-6.5 in).

Food: Insects.

Voice: Wonderfully melodious long and varied.

Season: Early April to late September. April to September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Spends much time hidden in thick bushes, but will occasionally perch on an exposed branch and sing for long periods.

Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) © MTM arr
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) Early March to late October.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Grasslands, heathlands and beaches and shorelines.

Food: Insects and larvae.

Voice: Call: chack. Song: crackly whistle.

Season: Early March to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) ♀ © Martin Cooper cc
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Late April to mid September.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland clearings and edges.

Size: Length 14.5 cm (5.7 in).

Food: Flying insects and non-flying insects.

Voice: High pitched tssssseeeeeppppp.

Season: Late April to mid September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) © Daniela cc
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) Early April to late September.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, rivers and streams, woodland, hedgerows, lowland mixed deciduous, upland birchwoods, upland oakwood and deciduous woods.

Size: Length 13-14.5 cm (5.1- 5.7 in).

Food: Mainly insects but also spiders, worms and berries.

Voice: Call: too-eet. Song: brief melodious, ending rattle.

Season: Early April to late September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) ♂ © Tony Court cc
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) Early October to late October.
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Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Desert, grasslands and beaches and shorelines.

Size: Length 14.5-15 cm (5.7-5.9 in).

Food: Insects - ants, beetles, caterpillars and flies. Seeds.

Season: Early October to late October. Occasional vagrant.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) © Smudge 9000 cc
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