Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Finsch's Flycatcher-thrush (Stizorhina finschi)


French: Stizorhin de Finsch German: Finschdrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Finsch
Other common names: Finsch's Rufous Thrush

Cassinia finschi


, 1870,

Fantee, Ghana


Sometimes treated as conspecific with S. fraseri (which see). Species name often listed as finschii, but original spelling, finschi, must stand. Monotypic.


SW Guinea and Sierra Leone E to SW Nigeria.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 33–44 g. A short-billed, short-legged and stout, flycatcher-shaped thrush with upright posture; habit of flirting outer tail. Has dull grey-brown head, dull... read more


Territorial song, usually from high (c. 7 m) concealed perch, and given even during middle of day,... read more


Understorey and lower canopy (up to 30 m in Liberia) of primary and secondary lowland evergreen and... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects, e.g. ants and wasps (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (Diptera),... read more


Little information. Nest material being gathered in Feb–Mar in Nigeria; birds in breeding condition Jun, Sept–Oct and Dec in... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common. Fairly common in S & C Liberia.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Finsch's Flycatcher-thrush (Stizorhina finschi). 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 21 February 2020).