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Ficedula hyperythra innexa
The Snowy-browed Flycatcher is a small (12 cm), short-tailed flycatcher with a relatively round head and a small bill. Males of the Taiwan race innexa are ashy-blue above, deep orange on the throat and breast, and whitish on the lower belly. There is a conspicuous white stripe above the front of the eye. The bill is black and the legs are grayish pink. Females are brownish above with a yellowish-brown face and a buffy eye stripe.
The food of the Snowy-browed Flycatcher consists mainly of small insects, spiders, small earthworms and some berries. It searches for food at the lower levels of forest edges and clearings, and may run mouse-like over the ground in undergrowth and along fallen branches. It often flicks its tail and holds its wings slightly drooped but may also sit motionless on a perch for long periods. Outside the breeding season, this species is usually solitary. Its quiet song consists of three or four wheezy high-pitched notes, “tsit-sit-si-sii”
In Taiwan, the Snowy-browed Flycatcher is a common resident year-round, breeding above 2000 m. in moist broadleaf forest, bamboo clumps and ravines. It descends to lower elevations in winter. The nest is a cup or oval with a side entrance made from moss, fine plant fibres and feathers, and is built by both sexes. It is usually placed in a hole in a tree trunk or stump, or on the ground in a hollow between tree roots or boulders. Both sexes incubate the 2 to 4 eggs and feed the young.
References: Handbook of Birds of the World Vol. 11; A Field Guide to the Birds of China (Mackinnon and Phillipps)