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