Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis


Taxonomic source(s)
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: # _the_WP15.xls#.
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds). 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 4,430,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 1,250,000
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 3000000-6199999 poor estimated 2012
Population trend Increasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.9 - - -

Population justification: The breeding population, which is confined to Europe, is estimated to number 1,530,000-3,090,000 pairs, which equates to 3,060,000-6,190,000 mature individuals (BirdLife International 2015).

Trend justification: In Europe, trends between 1982 and 2013 show that populations have undergone a moderate increase (EBCC 2015).

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Albania N Extant Yes
Algeria N Extant
Angola V Extant
Armenia N Extant Yes
Austria N Extant Yes
Bahrain V Extant Yes
Belarus N Extant Yes
Belgium V Extant
Bosnia and Herzegovina N Extant Yes
Bulgaria N Extant Yes Yes
Burundi N Extant
Cameroon N Extant
Chad N Extant
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant
Croatia N Extant Yes
Cyprus N Extant Yes
Czechia N Extant Yes
Denmark N Extant Yes
Egypt N Extant
Finland V Extant
France N Extant Yes Yes
Georgia N Extant Yes
Germany N Extant Yes Yes
Ghana N Extant
Greece N Extant Yes
Hungary N Extant Yes
Iraq N Extant Yes
Israel N Extant
Italy N Extant Yes Yes
Jordan N Extant Yes
Kazakhstan V Extant
Kenya V Extant
Lebanon N Extant Yes
Libya N Extant
Liechtenstein V Extant
Lithuania N Extant Yes
Luxembourg V Extant
Malawi N Extant
Mali N Extant
Malta N Extant
Mauritania V Extant
Moldova N Extant Yes
Montenegro N Extant Yes
Morocco V Extant
Namibia N Extant
Netherlands V Extant
Niger V Extant
Nigeria N Extant
North Macedonia N Extant Yes
Norway V Extant
Poland N Extant Yes
Portugal V Extant
Romania N Extant Yes Yes
Russia N Extant Yes
Russia (European) N Extant Yes
Rwanda N Extant
Saudi Arabia V Extant Yes
Serbia N Extant Yes
Slovakia N Extant Yes
Slovenia N Extant Yes
South Africa N Extant
Spain V Extant
Sudan N Extant Yes
Sweden N Extant Yes
Switzerland N Extant Yes
Syria N Extant Yes
Tanzania V Extant
Togo V Extant
Tunisia N Extant
Turkey N Extant
Turkmenistan N Extant Yes
Uganda N Extant
Ukraine N Extant Yes
United Kingdom V Extant
Zambia N Extant
Zimbabwe N Extant

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Cyprus Akamas and Agia Aikaterini – Agia Paraskevi Gorges
Cyprus Cape Greco
Czechia Confluence of the Morava (March) and Dyje (Thaya) rivers - Tvrdonicko
Czechia Pálava
Serbia Zlot gorge--Dubasnica
Serbia Gornje Podunavlje
Belarus Lower Pripyat
Belarus Al'manskija baloty
Romania Bicaz gorge and Hăşmaş Mountains
Romania Padiş - Vlădeasa mountain
Romania Hagieni forest
Romania Retezat Mountains
Slovenia Kočevsko
Slovenia River Drava
Slovenia River Mura
Slovenia Krakovo forest and Šentjernej plain
Moldova Tigheci Forest
Moldova Hâncești Forest
Moldova Beech Land Forest
Poland Bialowieza Forest
Poland Bieszczady Mountains
Poland Oak-hornbeam forests in the Odra valley
Poland Parczew forests
Poland Napiwodzko-Ramucka forest
Poland Borecka forest
Poland Odra riverine forests
Poland Knyszyn Forest
Poland Strzeleckie forests
Poland Niepolomice forest
Poland Ilawa Forest
Greece Axios, Loudias and Aliakmonas rivers' deltas
Greece Mount Cholomontas
Greece Mesolongi and Aitoliko lagoons, Acheloos delta and Evinos estuary
Greece Mount Ochi and surrounding marine area
Greece Islands and islets of northern Sporades and northwestern coast of Alonnisos
Greece Dionysades islets, Crete
Greece Kato Olympos, Tempi gorge and mount Ossa
Greece Filiouri valley and eastern Rodopi mountains
Greece Kompsatos valley
Greece Lake Kourna, Almyros delta and Georgioupolis coast, Crete
Greece Mount Mavrovouni, Larisa
Greece Agios Efstratios island
Greece Southwestern Lesvos and Petrified forest
Greece Mount Olympos and pine forest of central Lesvos
Greece Mount Lepetymnos, Lesvos, and surrounding marine area
Greece Gera gulf, Ntipi and Charamida marshes, Lesvos
Greece Mount Kantili
Greece Mount Itamos
Greece Kalloni Gulf, Lesvos
Greece Mati wetland of Tyrnavos
Greece Mount Voras (Kaïmaktsalan)
Greece Mount Beles (Kerkini)
Greece Mount Krousia (Mavrovouni and Dysoro)
Greece Lake Kerkini
Greece Mount Pangaio
Greece Porto Lagos, lake Vistonida and coastal lagoons
Greece Nestos delta and coastal lagoons
Greece Nestos gorge
Greece Lakes Chortarolimni and Alyki, Moudros gulf, Diapori fen and Fakos peninsula, Limnos
Greece Tsamanta, Filiata, Farmakovouni and Megali Rachi mountains
Greece Lakes Volvi, Koroneia and Rentina Gorge
Hungary Mátra
Hungary Aggtelek Karst
Russia (European) Mouth of Samur river
Russia (European) Kulikovski forest
Russia (European) Nerussa - Desna woodland
Russia (European) Gavan'skie oak-forest
Russia (European) Flood-plain of Vad river
Russia (European) Flood-plain of Sura river
Russia (European) Zhigulevski Nature Reserve
Ukraine Lyman lake
Ukraine Samars'kyj forest
France Etangs d'Argonne
France Bassigny
France Forêt de la Reine
Italy Gran Sasso d'Italia
Italy Rieti mountains
Italy Ernici and Simbruini mountains
Italy Sirente, Velino and Duchessa mountains
Italy Matese
Italy Picentini mountains
Italy Alburni mountains
Italy Aspromonte
Italy Mounts Orsomarso and Verbicaro
Italy Capri island
Italy Agri Valley
Czechia Krivoklatsko (Krivoklatsko region)
Serbia Bosutska forest
Serbia Obedska bara
Serbia Carska bara
Serbia Vršačke Planine
Serbia Uvac-Milesevka
Slovakia Vihorlat
Slovakia Slanské hills
Slovakia Nízke Tatry
Slovakia Tatry
Slovakia Slovenský karst
Slovakia Veľká Fatra
Slovakia Malé Karpaty
Slovakia Danube floodplains
Slovakia Volovské hills
Slovakia Tríbeč
Slovakia Bukovské hills
Slovakia Poľana
Slovakia Lešť
Slovakia Spišská Magura
Slovakia Muránska plateau and Stolické hills
Slovakia Burda
Serbia Resava gorge
Austria North-eastern Leithagebirge
Austria Zoological Gardens of Lainz
Austria Lobau
Austria Riverine forests on the Danube east of Vienna
Austria Vienna forest
Austria Wachau
Austria Middle Kamp valley
Austria Lower Kamp valley
Austria Niederösterreichische Randalpen
Austria Lower course of the Traun
Austria Unterlammer hill country
Austria South-east Styrian hill country
Germany Isar valley: Gottfrieding - Plattling incl. Isar mouth
Germany Danube valley: Regensburg-Vilshofen
Germany Lech-Donau-Winkel: Lechstausee Feldheim and Donaustausee Bertoldsheim
Germany Donau-Auen and Donau-Ried: Höchstädt - Donauwörth
Germany Danube valley: Neu-Ulm - Lauingen incl. Faiminger Stausee, Donau-Moos, and Gundelfinger Moos
Germany Main valley near Volkach: Fahr-Dettelbach
Germany Main valley near Schweinfurt
Germany Rhön Biosphere Reserve
Germany Saale-Elster valley
Germany Berchtesgaden National Park
Germany Sächsische Schweiz National Park
Germany Orchard landscape between Hohenstaufen and Teck in the mid-Albvorland
Germany Bliesgau
Germany Wagbach lowlands
Germany Nürnberger Reichswald
Germany Vorderer Steigerwald - Windsheimer Bucht - Steigerwald-Vorland
Germany Northern Steigerwald
Germany Enz valley Mühlhausen - Roßwag
Germany Schönbuch with Spitzberg
Germany Orchards, heathlands and forests around Weil der Stadt
Germany Orchards and vineyards between Waldhausen and Geradstetten
Germany Stromberg
Germany Orchards and oakwoods near Filderstadt and Echterdingen
Croatia River Drava
Croatia Lower Posavina
Croatia Turopolje
Russia (European) Leninsk forest area
Russia (European) Samarskaya Luka
Czechia Litovelske Pomoravi
Czechia Hlubocké obory deer parks
France Vallée de la Saône de Corre à Broye
France Etangs de la Woëvre: lac de Madine
France Etangs de la Woëvre: la Chaussée
France Etang de Lindre
France Val de Chiers et environs de Spincourt
Russia (European) Sura environs
Russia (European) Flood-plain of Algashka river (Kirsko-Algashinskaya)
Russia (European) Kaluzhskiye Zaseki Nature Reserve
Austria March/Thaya riverine forest
Austria Feuchte Ebene and Rauchwarther Platte
Austria Allentsteig military training area
Austria Machland
Austria Thermenlinie
Austria Western Weinviertel
Austria Southern Waldviertel
Austria Riverine forests in the Tullnerfeld
Austria Salzach valley
Austria Northern Kalkalpen
Austria Styrian Enns valley
Austria Lower Mur valley
Ukraine Krasnopols'kyj Forest
Slovakia Malá Fatra
Poland Upper Wisla River Valley
Poland Middle Warta River Valley
Poland Krotoszyn Oak Forest
Italy Brabbia peatland, Lake Varese and Lake Biandronno
Poland Notec Forest
Poland Tyszowce Site
Poland Karkonosze Mountains
Poland Beskid Niski Mountains
Poland Slonne Mountains
Italy Val d'Ossola
Poland Roztocze
Slovenia Rocky faces of Posavsko hribovje
Slovenia Pohorje
Poland Przemysl Plateau
Slovakia Laborecká upland
Croatia Pokuplje Basin
Italy Lepini mountains
Italy Maiella, Pizzi and Frentani mountains
Italy Abruzzo National Park
Italy Gran Sasso and Laga mountains
Italy Sila Grande
Poland Upper Vistula River Valley
Russia (European) Tul'skiye Zaseki forest
Moldova Royal Forest
Germany Aisch-Regnitz-Grund
Germany Vogelfreistätte Mittlere Isar-Stauseen
Germany Vorland of the Mittlere Schwäbische Alb
Germany Mittlere Schwäbische Alb with Albuch, Härtsfeld and Schmiechener See
Germany Mittlerer Rammert
Germany Main valley and Steiger foothills near Schweinfurt and Volkach
Germany Spessart
Germany Rocks and slope forests in the Altmühl and Danube valleys
Germany Sandstone rocks of Untermain
Germany Danube valley between Neuburg and Ingolstadt
Germany Danube valley Untermarchtal-Ulm
Germany Ponds and forests near Maulbronn
Germany Donauried
Romania Caraş gorge - Semenic Mountains
Romania Dealurile Nordice ale Munţilor Făgăraş
Romania Defileul Superior al Mureşului
Romania Domogled - Cernei valley
Romania Grădiştea Muncelului
Romania Frumoasa
Romania Trascău Mountains
Romania Bogata forest
Romania Piatra Şoimului - Scorţeni - Gârleni
Poland Sieniawa Forest
Poland Mircze Site
Poland Pisz forest
Poland Notec river flood-plain
Poland Turawa reservoir
Poland Kampinos forest
Poland Janów forests
Poland Solska Forest
Poland Upper Huczwa River Catchment
Poland Szyszla River Valley
Poland Upper Odra River Valley
Poland Brzeszcze ponds
Poland Lower Sola River Valley
Poland Lower Skawa River Valley
Poland Beskid Zywiecki Mountains
Poland Gorce mountains
Poland Pieniny Mountains
Poland Beskid Slaski Mountains
Poland Beskid Wyspowy Mountains
Poland Grzeda Sokalska Beechwood
Poland Stobrawa Watershed
Poland Radlow Forest
Poland Wloszczowa Basin
Poland Poprad Site
Poland Sudety Wałbrzysko-Kamiennogorskie Mountains
Poland Siemianowka Reseirvoir
Croatia Mount Papuk
Croatia Mt Bilogora and Kalnik
Croatia Gorski Kotar and Northern Lika
Croatia Grudnjak and Nasice Carp Fishponds
Croatia Spacva Basin
Croatia Jelas Field
Croatia Cesma River Carp Fishponds
Serbia Derdap gorge
Serbia Homolje
Serbia Kucaj-Beljanica

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land suitable non-breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable non-breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable non-breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable non-breeding
Forest Temperate major breeding
Savanna Dry major non-breeding
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits  

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Sport hunting/specimen collecting - - Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Ficedula albicollis. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/02/2023.