Birds Sightings from Kuwait: owned and managed by AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan

09/08/2021 Semi-collared Flycatcher at Jahra Reserve

Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata ذُبَابِيٌّ نِصْفُ مُطَوَّقٍ

I went to Jahra Reserve this afternoon. I was moving towards one watching towers as I flushed a bird that looked black and white. My first impression was a Masked Shrike. As I approached the area where it landed I realised it was not a shrike! It is a flycatcher. Looking into the ID features made me lean towards a Collared Flycatcher. I took some photographs and pulled my Collina Bird Guide, and studied the illustrations. I was then felt comfortable enough to spread the news.
Later in the afternoon, I received news that the bird was seen by Rashed this morning by was not decided on the ID.

Al Jahra Reserve:

Garganey Spatula querquedula 13, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 2, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 5, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 22, Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 12, Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 1, Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 11, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 10, Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus 2, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 11, Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 1, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 1, Ruff Calidris pugnax 1, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 1, Little Stint Calidris minuta 3, Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 1, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 10, Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 1, Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 1, Great Egret Ardea alba 1, Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 3, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 4, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 1, European Roller Coracias garrulus 2, Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor 2, Crested Lark Galerida cristata 1, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 6, White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis 1, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 2, Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis 1, House Sparrow Passer domesticus 14.

Jahra Reserve (Coastal area)

Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 2, Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 4, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 3, White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 4, Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 7, Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 4, Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 5, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 4, Little Stint Calidris minuta 7, Crab-plover Dromas ardeola 1, Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 50, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 13.

Bird Identification:

Edit: Thanks to all, namely Brian J Small (Birdforum.net), Pierre Andree-Crochet and Johan Träff for correcting my identification. It is indeed a Semi-collared Flycatcher in autumn plumage.

First, the bird looked in a strange plumage for a Semi-collared Flycatcher having dark wings and tail and more white in the tertials. Second, only the Collared has been in Kuwait, so I opt for a Collared Flycatcher. It looked like a female Collared Flycatcher with a pale rump, but the extensive white on the wing and dark tail and wing make it a male in autumn plumage. The large white primary patch excludes Pied Flycatcher for sure. The only thing that distracted me was the ‘what appeared a second wing bar’, but looking more carefully at the bird from different angles reveals that it is just part of the white patch on the greater coverts. The tail pattern fits male Collared Flycatcher in autumn plumage.

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