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By Jerome A. Jackson, Advisory Editor, Walter J. Bock, Taxonomic Editor, Donna Olendorf, Project Editor, Joseph E. Trumpey, Chief Scientific Illustrator

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Cassin’s flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron) Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia 29 Family: Old World flycatchers Vol. 11: Birds IV Species accounts Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata SUBFAMILY Muscicapinae REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Builds a cup-shaped nest in a tree crotch, shallow tree-cavity, or behind loose bark, and also uses nest-boxes. Lays four to six greenish eggs with rust-colored spots. CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened. A widespread and locally abundant species.

CONSERVATION STATUS Insects. Often joins mixed-species flocks in non-breeding season. Not threatened. BEHAVIOR Usually solitary or in pairs. Rarely found in canopy. Song of burkii is a loud, clear trill. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ◆ Little known. Nest is ball of mosses, grass, and other plant fibers, lined with moss and lichen, and concealed along a bank or slope, often in tree roots. Four eggs are incubated by both parents. CONSERVATION STATUS Golden-spectacled warbler Seicercus burkii Not threatened.

Males defend territory with song and song-flight. Generally sedentary. DISTRIBUTION Distribution across Eurasia. In summer, north into Caucasus region of Russia and Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan. Winters along the Indus River in Pakistan. Eastern race (albiventris) migrates to south to Pakistan and Afghanistan. HABITAT Lowlands, usually near water, in dense thickets and reedbeds. BEHAVIOR Skulking. Male territorial song is an explosive series of clear tones. A softer variant is used during courtship.

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