Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Brown-breasted Flycatcher (Muscicapa muttui)


French: Gobemouche muttui German: Bambusschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas muttui

Butalis Muttui

E. L. Layard

, 1854,

Point Pedro, Sri Lanka




NE India (S Assam hills in Khasi Hills and Nagaland), C & S China (S Gansu S to Yunnan and Guangxi), NW Thailand and N Vietnam, probably also in N & E Myanmar#R; non-breeding SW India (S from Goa) and Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 10–14 g. Medium-sized, large-headed, olive-brown forest flycatcher with large eye and broad eyering, long and thin bill. Head and upperparts are olive-... read more


Song a pleasant but feeble series of short even-pitched whistles; calls include a thin “sit” and a... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, between 1200 m and 1645 m; usually below 1400 m in NW Thailand. In non-... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known; includes small invertebrates, particularly flies (Diptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Usually solitary or in pairs in... read more


Season Apr–Jun. Territorial. Nest a neat cup-shaped structure made entirely of moss, placed in dense bush, creepers or low tangled... read more


Migratory. Spends non-breeding season in SW India (Western Ghats S from Goa) and Sri Lanka;... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce to fairly common; rare in China. Status in NE Myanmar and NW Thailand uncertain, probably rare breeding visitor but possibly resident. Rare... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Brown-breasted Flycatcher (Muscicapa muttui). 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 25 February 2020).