Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Brown-chested Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis brunneatus)


French: Gobemouche à poitrine brune German: Weißkehl-Dschungelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pechipardo

Siphia brunneata


, 1897,

Kuant’un, north-western Fujian, China


Until recently considered conspecific with C. nicobaricus. Monotypic.


SE China (S Henan, S Anhui and Zhejiang S to Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian); non-breeding Malay Peninsula and possibly lowland forests of Sumatra#R.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 14·3–21·8 g. Medium-sized to large, plump brownish flycatcher with long bill hooked at tip, short rounded wings. Adult has head and upperparts... read more


Song said to be a series of loud descending whistles; described also as a loud, melodious... read more


Edges of mature lowland broadleaf evergreen forest, both primary and secondary, and especially... read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known, principally small invertebrates. Usually solitary; may occasionally join mixed-species flocks. Forages in lower... read more


Nest found in May. No other information.


Migratory. Post-breeding movement S through S Thailand (rare) and Malay Peninsula (uncommon);... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South-East Chinese Mountains EBA. Uncommon or scarce and local in SE China, where known from several conservation units,... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Brown-chested Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis brunneatus). 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 29 February 2020).