The spotted flycatcher is about the size of a Robin (14cm) but has grey-brown plumage with a creamy breast streaked with darker grey. The streaked crown and breast gives the bird its common name. Like all flycatchers they choose conspicuous perches from which to hunt for passing insects, flying out to catch them and then returning to the same or nearby perch. The upright posture together with its fly-catching habits is the best way to identify this bird.
Flying insects are the main diet including butterflies, moths and even dragonflies, although berries are eaten in the autumn.