Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous-chested Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis olivaceus)


French: Gobemouche à dos olive German: Olivrücken-Dschungelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas dorsioliva

Cyornis olivacea

A. O. Hume

, 1877,

extreme southern Tenasserim, Myanmar


Race perolivaceus perhaps not diagnosable. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. o. olivaceus A. O. Hume, 1877 – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Sumatra, Belitung#R, N Natunas, Java, Bali and N & C Borneo#R.
  • C. o. perolivaceus (Chasen & Kloss, 1929) – Balambangan I and Banggi I, off N Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm. Medium-sized, robust, brownish flycatcher with stout, pointed bill. Head and upperparts are mostly olive-brownish, including edges of upperwing-coverts and... read more


    Song a rapid series of up to nine short phrases, at alternating pitch, consisting of musical notes... read more


    Lowland dry broadleaf primary and secondary forest, rubber plantations and forest edges; to 900 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food largely flies (Diptera) and other small invertebrates. Usually solitary. Forages in foliage of lower and middle canopy of forest trees... read more


    Not well known. Season Mar–Aug. Nest a cup of twigs, bryophytes and moss, placed up to 2 m above ground on moss-covered tree trunk or... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Locally common in Malay Peninsula, where considered “Near-threatened” as a result of continuing loss of lowland dry forests. Very... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Fulvous-chested Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis olivaceus). 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 1 April 2020).