Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-orange Flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa)


French: Gobemouche orange et noir German: Orangeschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas rufinegro
Other common names: Black-and-rufous Flycatcher

Saxicola nigrorufa


, 1839,

Nilgiris, India




S Western Ghats (Nilgiris S to Travancore), in SW India.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Black-and-orange Flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 September 2019).