Pied Flycatcher ~ European Pied Flycatcher Bird Call BIRDSONG

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Bird Song Playlist - click here : Please see my ANIMAL SOUNDS playlist The European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. One of the four species of Western Palearctic black-and-white flycatchers, it hybridizes to a limited extent with the collared flycatcher.[2] It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia. It is migratory, wintering mainly in western Africa.[1][3] It usually builds its nests in holes on oak trees.[4] This species practices polygyny, usually bigamy, with the male travelling large distances to acquire a second mate. The male will mate with the secondary female and then return to the primary female in order to help with aspects of child rearing, such as feeding.[2][5] The European pied flycatcher is mainly insectivorous, although its diet also includes other arthropods. This species commonly feeds on spiders, ants, bees and similar prey.[6] The European pied flycatcher has a very large range and population size and so it is of least concern according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is a 12--13.5 centimetres (4.7--5.3 in) long bird. The breeding male is mainly black above and white below, with a large white wing patch, white tail sides and a small forehead patch. The Iberian subspecies iberiae (known as Iberian pied flycatcher) has a larger forehead patch and a pale rump. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles have the black replaced by a pale brown, and may be very difficult to distinguish from other Ficedula flycatchers, particularly the collared flycatcher, with which this species hybridizes to a limited extent.[9] The bill is black, and has the broad but pointed shape typical of aerial insectivores. As well as taking insects in flight, this species hunts caterpillars amongst the oak foliage, and will take berries. It is therefore a much earlier spring migrant than the more aerial spotted flycatcher, and its loud rhythmic and melodious song is characteristic of oak woods in spring. They are birds of deciduous woodlands, parks and gardens, with a preference for oak trees. They build an open nest in a tree hole, and will readily adapt to an open-fronted nest box. 4--10 eggs are laid.[4] The very similar Atlas pied flycatcher, of the mountains of north west Africa was formerly classed as subspecies of the European pied flycatcher. see Picture credits : Pic 1 Description Ficedula hypoleuca English: A male Pied Flycatcher at Wood of Cree Nature Reserve, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Date 21 April 2011, Source Pied Flycatcher Uploaded by Snowmanradio Author Mark Medcalf pic 2 Description Suomi: Kirjosieppouros (Ficedula hypoleuca) Haukiputaalla. English: A male European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) in Haukipudas, Finland. Date 10 June 2012 Source Own work Author Estormiz pic 3 Description Ficedula hypoleuca English: A female European Pied Flycatcher in Finland. It has got an insect in its beak. Date 17 June 2013, Source Ficedula hypoleuca Uploaded by snowmanradio Author Crowbared pic 4 Description English: European Pied Flycatcher in Sweden. Date 9 May 2012 Source Own work Author Gegik European pied flycatcher birdsong,European pied flycatcher bird call,birdsong,bird calls,bird watching,British birds, England,Bird watching,Twitching,Birder,
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