Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra)


French: Gobemouche du Cachemire German: Kaschmirschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Cachemira

Muscicapa parva subrubra

E. J. O. Hartert and F. Steinbacher

, 1934,

Sri Lanka


Originally named as Siphia hyperythra, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Sometimes considered conspecific with F. parva, but the two differ distinctly in plumage and wing structure; molecular data indicate this species is sister to F. parva, with F. albicilla sister to these two#R. Monotypic.


Himalayas of NE Pakistan (Neelum Valley) and Kashmir; non-breeding mainly Sri Lanka, also SW India.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9–12 g. Male breeding has lores, feathers around eye, ear-coverts and neck side dark grey; rest of head, and upperparts, umber-brown, becoming more ashy on rump... read more


Song a short, sweet twitter, rising at end, has been transcribed as “sweet-eat, sweet-eat-did... read more


Breeds mainly in deciduous forest, sometimes in mixed forest and woodland, commonly of walnut (... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects; no recorded details, but presumably similar to those taken by F. parva. Takes most of its food while flitting from... read more


Breeds from second half May, mostly in Jun. Presumably monogamous and territorial. Nest an untidy cup made of leaves, moss and some strips... read more


Migratory. Spends non-breeding season in Sri Lanka, and apparently also in SW India (S Western... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Western Himalayas EBA. Uncommon and very local. Formerly regarded as common in its NW Himalayan breeding areas, but... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra). 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 17 September 2019).