Oriental Bird Images

Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina narcissina   - Sonogram
Narcissus Flycatcher
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Nemuro Peninsula, East Hokkaidō, Japan
Date : 8 June 2019
English synonyms:Narcissina Flycatcher, Elises Flycatcher (elisae), Beijing Flycatcher (elisae), Peking Flycatcher (elisae), Green-backed Flycatcher (elisae) , Ryukyu Flycatcher (owstoni)
Bird Family :Muscicapini - Old World Flycatchers & Niltavas
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Narcissus Flycatchers are very vocal in their breeding grounds and are noted to have a very varied song. They are also noted to practice mimicry. We heard a variety of songs, often repeated every 4-5 seconds. Some songs can last 6-7 seconds. The common song lasts 2-3 seconds. This image shows a sonogram and waveform of a less common song that be repeated a variable number of times and is interspersed with the common ones. Recording of this song is located here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/485565
Taxonomic Notes :The subspecies elisae is sometimes treated as a separate species Green-backed Flycatcher Ficedula (n.) elisae. However, a recent study recommends retaining it as a subspecies of F. narcissina:
Tpfer, T. Systematic notes on Asian birds. 60. Remarks on the systematic position of Ficedula elisae (Weigold, 1922).
Zool. Med. Leiden 80-5 (12), 21.xii.2006. 203-212. ISSN 0024-0672.

Note that "Ficedula beijingnica", which was at one time regarded as a separate species called Beijing (or Peking) Flycatcher, is now considered to be the first-summer male of F. (n.) elisae and no longer a valid independent taxon.

The subspecies owstoni is sometimes treated as a separate species Ryukyu Flycatcher Ficedula (n.) owstoni.