Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus)


French: Énicure rousse-cape German: Rotkopf-Scherenschwanz Spanish: Torrentero capirrufo

Enicurus rufficapillus

[sic] Temminck

, 1832,

Palembang, Sumatra


Original spelling of specific name is incorrect Latin and must be corrected#R. Monotypic.


S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 27 g. Long, deeply forked but evenly graduated tail with white tips, two outer feathers entirely white. Male has rich chestnut crown to nape, including area... read more


Call, in low flight, a penetrating whistle or three loud whistles with middle note higher.


Margins of small clear shady rivers and streams in primary and logged mixed dipterocarp lowland and... read more

Food and feeding

Terrestrial invertebrates, once also a 20-cm banded snake. Six stomachs from Sumatra held insect remains, including beetles, larvae, ants,... read more


Feb in S Thailand; in Peninsular Malaysia mainly Jul–Sept, but also Dec, Feb and Apr, with young in May–Jun; juvenile mid-Mar... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon in S Myanmar, W & S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Erratic and patchy in distribution in Borneo... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Chestnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus). 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 28 February 2020).