How To Spot The European Pied Flycatcher

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


The European pied flycatcher is at uncountable 13 centimetres long but this does not prevent him from being a true aerial acrobat or easily capturing flying insects.



The European pied flycatcher has a fairly round and compact body and in both sexes the chest and abdomen areas are white. The male's clandestinely, head, wings and tail are differently coloured depending on the region, from black in northern Europe to grey-brown in central Eastern Europe, and they receive a large white patch on the wings as well as a small one just above the short broad beak.

Females have brown upperparts and as they don't drink a white patch above the beak they can be easily confused with the female wood warbler. Wood warblers are slightly greyer and schlep a larger white patch on their wings.



The species is widespread throughout Europe and is only lacking in Iceland and the Steppes field of Eastern Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. They breed in Europe and winter in tropical Africa.

The European pied flycatcher nest in tree cavities and their home must provide enough tree caves, deciduous and mixed forests are best suited (they are rarely found in coniferous forest.)

Although it is contemplate oned of least concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the European pied flycatcher has been declining more and more in recent years. This is, to each other things, due to climate change.



Pied flycatchers mainly feed on flying insects like flies and mosquitoes. They also eat grasshoppers, beetle and spiders. In autumn, berries and fruits accessory their diet.

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When the males return from Africa in April, they secure a good nesting place first. The female demands 5 to 8 light blue eggs in the well-padded nest and the more intense the blue colour is, the more robust the chick will be. The female incubates the eggs unaccompanied and after two weeks, the chicks hatch and will be fed by both parents. After two weeks, they fledge and start exploring their surroundings on their own.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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