Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Henna-tailed Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis colonus)


French: Gobemouche à queue henné German: Suladschungelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de las Sula

Rhinomyias colonus

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

Mangole, Sula Archipelago


Race pelingensis apparently based on slight variation in plumage of old skins, but in contrast is reported to be vocally distinct#R. Proposed race subsolanus described from single specimen, now lost, originally believed to have been collected near Tonkean, in E Sulawesi#R, but recently its provenance was postulated as the Sula Is#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. pelingensis (Vaurie, 1952) – Peleng, in Banggai Is.
  • C. c. colonus (E. J. O. Hartert, 1898) – Sula Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm. Small, slim-billed olive-brown flycatcher with rufous tail and whitish throat. Male nominate race has head and most of upperparts olive-brown, becoming warmer brown or... read more


    Song very soft, audible only at close range, a jumbled series of shrill, sweet and clear, high-... read more


    Mainly undisturbed lowland primary, secondary and degraded forests, but in some areas occurs also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Not well known. Diet undescribed, presumably small invertebrates. Occurs alone, in pairs, or in small groups of up to four individuals.... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. Nominate race uncommon or locally common in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Henna-tailed Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis colonus). 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 25 February 2020).