French: Gobemouche orange et noir German: Orangeschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas rufinegro
Other common names: Black-and-rufous Flycatcher
S Western Ghats (Nilgiris S to Travancore), in SW India.
11–13 cm; 7–10 g. Small, compact black-and-orange flycatcher. Male has black head and face sharply divided from orange-rufous of upperparts, including tail;... read more
Song an insect-like, high-pitched and metallic “chiki-riki-chiki” or “cheee-ri-ri-ri”, repeated... read more
Undergrowth, especially Strobilanthes and bamboo, of evergreen hill forest (sholas), also... read more
Food and feeding
Food not well known, but includes small invertebrates and larvae, particularly spiders (Araneae). Usually solitary or in pairs; tame and... read more
Season Mar–Jul. Nest a large loose ball with entrance at side, made of leaves, coarse grasses and fern stems, placed 1–2 m up... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Common or locally common. More numerous above 1500 m; becomes more patchily... read more
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