Upper plumage brownish ash: under parts white: head and breast spotted with dusky.
M. grisola, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 152. Spotted Flycatcher, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Must. vol. i. p. 141. pl. 43*. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 210.
Entire length six inches one line: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines and a half, (from the gape) nine lines; of the tarsus seven lines; of the tail two inches eight lines and a half; from the carpus to the end of the wing three inches four lines: breadth, wings extended, ten inches three lines.
All the upper parts of the plumage brownish ash; crown of the head obscurely spotted with dusky: throat and middle of the belly white; sides of the neck and breast with longitudinal streaks of brown; flanks tinged with pale orange-red: legs dusky brown. (Egg). White tinged with blue, and mottled all over with pale reddish yellow brown: long. diam. nine lines; trans, diam. seven lines.
A migratory, and common species. Arrives in this country about the middle, or towards the latter end of May: departs in the Autumn. Frequents gardens. Builds in holes of trees and old walls; often in the branches of trees nailed against walls. Nest formed of bents, moss, etc. interwoven with spiders webs and a little wool; lined with dry grass and feathers. Eggs five in number; hatched about the second week in June. Food insects, taken on the wing. Has no song.