Ornis Hungarica. vol.15-16. (2008) p.19-24.
Breeding of the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) in South Hungary
The Pied Flycatcher is a rare breeding species in Hungary, with an estimated breeding population of 30-50 pairs. The first breeding of the species in South Hungary was recorded by F. Galiba in 1993, near Sándorfalva. In 2003, the breeding of the species was recorded at another place, near Ásotthalom. Both locations are characterised by dry sandy soil, and cultivated deciduous and pine forests. Pied Flycatchers breed in artificial nestboxes at both places. At Sándorfalva, the species has been breeding continuously since 1993, with 1-5 pairs in each year. At Ásotthalom, the birds were present between 2003 and 2005, but disappeared from the nestbox colony after two years of unsuccessful breeding, that may exemplify the vulnerability of small populations. In conclusion, these observations suggest that the Pied Flycatcher is a rare (1-5 pairs) but regular breeding species in South Hungary.