Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea)


French: Gobemouche ferrugineux German: Rostschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas herrumbroso

H[emichelidon]. ferruginea


, 1845,





C & E Himalayas from C Nepal E to NE India (Assam hills and Arunachal Pradesh S to Mizoram), W & N Myanmar, C & S China (SE Xizang E to S Gansu, S Shaanxi, Sichuan and W Yunnan), Taiwan, and N Vietnam (W Tonkin); non-breeding Hainan, SE Asia (S parts), Sumatra, W Java, N Borneo and Philippines.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 9–16·7 g. Small to medium-sized, broad-headed flycatcher with short bill. Has head mostly grey, upperparts to upper­wing and lower back dark... read more


Song several harsh or shrill notes, “tsit-tittu-tittu”, first note shorter than others... read more


Humid broadleaf forest, with preference for oaks (Quercus); also in fir (Abies)... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well studied, but includes small invertebrates and larvae. Usually solitary, shy or unobtrusive, and generally quiet; may be... read more


Season at least Jun and Jul. Nest a cup-shaped structure made of moss, plant fibres and lichen, usually camouflaged on moss-covered branch... read more


Present in Taiwan throughout year. Elsewhere migratory; non-breeding quarters in S Thailand and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or scarce in much of range; locally common in Bhutan, and fairly common in Taiwan; uncommon to fairly common in N Vietnam; rare in China,... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea). 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 22 January 2020).