Nearby! Have you seen one?
Do they reach Britain?
In case you have not picked up on this one…
In a nutshell the ‘Spotted Flycatchers’ of the Mediterranean may/should be better seen as a full species. They are polytypic (more than one subspecies). NB a FULL SPECIES – different from the Spotted Flycatcher (ssp striata) which breed in e.g. Britain.
They could of course by visitors as migrants or vagrants to NW Europe – which would be (very!) interesting.
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“Accordingly, we suggest that insular Spotted Flycatchers could be treated as one polytypic species (Muscicapa tyrrhenica Schiebel, 1910) that differs from M. striata in morphology, migration, mitochondrial and nuclear DNA and comprises two subspecies (the nominate and M. t. balearica, von Jordans, 1913) that diverged recently phenotypically and in mitochondrial DNA and but still share the same nuclear alleles.”
and read a great paper by me pals Andrea and Miki with photos. go HERE
Thanks v much to Mark Payne who drew attention to the subject and provided some very useful photos. These (below) where taken on Mallorca, Son Real, Can Pinafort in July 2013, so are Balearic race.
Characters: noted to be PALER and LESS STREAKED (even looking unstreaked below).
Above- all photos of the new species of Balearic Spotted Flycatcher by Mark Payne
Blast from the past:
Vaurie- the books that ‘fathered’ BWP look like this on the subject:
I (MG) have looked more for eastern taxa like neumanni. You can read about that exploration on Shetland HERE. So here is a nice migrant Spotted Flycatcher, I photographed while guiding on Yell, Shetland in October which got asked a few questions of it’s origins. I assume its striata – a baseline for ID for the others taxa.