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Balearic Flycatcher illustrated

A few years ago, a very useful article was published in Dutch Birding about the identification of Mediterranean Flycatcher Muscicapa tyrrhenica. One of the taxa discussed was Balearic Flycatcher M t balearica, which looks short-winged, pale and clean in comparison with Spotted Flycatcher M striata (Viganò et al 2019).

Depicted below are some photos and sound-recordings I took of this interesting flycatcher with its high-pitched and hummingbird-like vocalisations on Mallorca in April-May 2022.


Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatchers, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 28 April 2022. A common bird in parks and gardens.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 28 April 2022. Note rather short primary projection and pale general impression.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 2 May 2022. Two photographs of the same bird in different light conditions.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 30 April 2022. May look rather dark on upperparts from certain angles. Note pale ground colour of forehead and crown and little streaking on underparts.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 29 April 2022. Underparts may look almost unmarked and white.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 29 April 2022. Typical views.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 29 April 2022. Difficult to identify from this angle.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatcher, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 30 April 2022A single bird on a roof top uttering tseet and tzk calls. Click here to listen to the recording.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatchers, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 29 April 2022. Interaction between three individuals. Note bill-snapping and high-pitched notes at end. Click here to listen to the recording.

Balearic Flycatcher

Balearic Flycatchers, Cala d’Or, Mallorca, 30 April 2022. Interaction between two or more individuals. High-pitched notes very typical. Click here to listen to the recording.


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Published 7 May 2022