Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula buruensis)


French: Gobemouche de Buru German: Molukkenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Buru

Erythromyias buruensis

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1899,

Mount Mada, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Buru, Moluccas


Sister-species to F. rufigula#R, which see. Has been suggested that more than one species is involved; further study required#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. b. buruensis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1899) – Buru, in S Moluccas.
  • F. b. ceramensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1910) – Seram, in S Moluccas.
  • F. b. siebersi (E. J. O. Hartert, 1924) – Kai Is (Kai Besar).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm. Small flycatcher with orange-rufous chin to breast. Nominate has crown and face dark slate-grey (may be tinged brownish in fresh plumage), upperparts,... read more


    Song a buzzing and nasal “tup tup tezeeew”.


    Lowland and hill forests, including selectively logged forest, from 100 m to 1000 m on Buru, and to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Not well known. Food presumably insects. Shy, elusive and easily overlooked; once observed in a mixed-species foraging flock. Forages in... read more


    Eggs recorded in May and nestlings in Feb and May. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA, Buru EBA and Seram EBA. Uncommon to moderately or locally common on Buru and Seram;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula buruensis). 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 January 2020).