2009, December 11. Philippine Birds - Definitives (Reprints
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
1p Mugimaki Flycatcher - Singles
Design: All pictures taken from
the book "A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines" by Robert S.
Kennedy, Pedro C. Gonzales, Edward C. Dickinson, Hector C. Miranda,
Jr., and Timothy H. Fisher.
First Day Covers: Manila
1p - The Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki).
A small passerine bird of eastern Asia belonging to the genus
Ficedula in the Old World flycatcher family, Muscicapidae. The name
"mugimaki" comes from Japanese and means "wheat-sower". The bird is
also known as the Robin Flycatcher.
It is 13 to 13.5 centimetres long. It
has a rattling call and often flicks its wings and tail. The adult
male has blackish upperparts with a short white supercilium behind
the eye, a white wing-patch, white edges to the tertials and white
at the base of the outer tail-feathers. The breast and throat are
orange-red while the belly and undertail-coverts are white. The
female is grey-brown above with a pale orange-brown breast and
throat. She lacks white in the tail, has one or two pale wingbars
rather than a white wing-patch and has a supercilium that is either
faint or absent entirely. Young males are similar to the female but
have a brighter orange breast, white in the tail and a more obvious