Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Black-banded Flycatcher (Ficedula timorensis)


French: Gobemouche de Timor German: Brustbandschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Timor

Erythromyias timorensis


, 1919,



Has been considered as having closer affinities to Australasian robins (Petroicidae), but similarities presumably reflect convergence as species is sister to F. harterti#R. Monotypic.


Timor, in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Small, stout-billed, dark-headed flycatcher with distinctive band on underparts. Male has head and face to nape glossy black, upperparts to uppertail-coverts and... read more


Song a series of soft but high-pitched disyllabic whistles, repeated at regular intervals. Calls... read more


Lowland monsoon forest and moist hill forest with limestone boulders and rocky scree slopes, to c.... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary deatils not known, but small invertebrates taken. Usually solitary or in pairs; generally quiet, unobtrusive. Forages in dense... read more


Adults feeding recently fledged juveniles in Dec. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. Uncommon or locally common. Poorly known species;... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Black-banded Flycatcher (Ficedula timorensis). 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 26 January 2020).