Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Furtive Flycatcher (Ficedula disposita)


French: Gobemouche furtif German: Luzonschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas furtivo

Muscicapa bonthaina disposita

Ripley and J. T. Marshall

, 1967,

Zambales Mountains above Crow Valley, Tarlac Province, Luzon, Philippines


Previously considered conspecific with F. crypta and, often, with F. bonthaina, but differences significant; prior to 1991 was known only from a single female. Monotypic.


Luzon, in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

11–11·5 cm. Small olive-brown forest flycatcher with distinctive tail pattern. Has forehead to nape olive-brown, becoming greyish-brown on upperparts; uppertail-coverts... read more


Song a quiet, high-pitched 2-note or 3-note whistle, middle note higher-pitched, “wau he” or “wauhe... read more


Lowland dense secondary-growth forest, including degraded and selectively logged areas with bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known; includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary or in pairs; secretive and easily overlooked. Forages in dense... read more


Birds in breeding condition and recently fledged juvenile in May. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA. Locally common or rare within very small global range. Formerly... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Furtive Flycatcher (Ficedula disposita). 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 10 December 2019).