Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Little Slaty Flycatcher (Ficedula basilanica)


French: Gobemouche de Basilan German: Schieferschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Basilán

Dendrobiastes basilanica


, 1877,

Isabela de Basilan, Basilan, Philippines


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. b. samarensis (Bourns & Worcester, 1894) – Samar and Leyte, in EC Philippines.
  • F. b. basilanica (Sharpe, 1877) – Dinagat, Mindanao and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–13·5 cm; 14–16·1 g, male average 14·8 g, female average 12·4 g. Small to medium-sized, short-tailed and heavy-billed flycatcher. Male nominate race has dark... read more


    Song a series of chattering whistles, “cho-wheeeet po-we-it zu-wheet”, some phrases repeated, and... read more


    Ground and tangled understorey of primary forest and secondary growth, including selectively logged... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food largely unknown, but includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary; secretive, remains hidden in dense foliage. Forages on the ground... read more


    Poorly known. Birds in breeding condition in May and Jun. Only one nest found, made of roots and leaves, and placed in forest litter near... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Rare. Known to survive in fewer than ten localities, all on Mindanao, where it may,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Little Slaty Flycatcher (Ficedula basilanica). 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 22 January 2020).