Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Near Threatened

Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Philentoma velata)


French: Philentome à poitrine marron German: Braunbrustvanga Spanish: Filentoma pechipardo

Drymophila velata


, 1825,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. v. caesia (Lesson, 1839) – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), SW & S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
  • P. v. velata (Temminck, 1825) – lowland Java.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–21 cm. Large and stoutly built flycatcher. Male nominate race is almost entirely indigo-blue except for black forehead and through eye to ear-coverts and throat;... read more


    Song a series of clear bell-like “phu phu phu phu phu phu”, or a more powerfully given... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen lowland and lower montane primary forest and secondary forest, also mixed... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet largely unknown, but includes small and larger invertebrates. Usually in pairs or small family groups. Forages by searching and... read more


    Season Mar–May in Borneo, and Jun in Java. Nest a thick-walled, shallow cup of plant and vegetable fibres and moss, bound together... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Scarce or locally common. Locally common in Sumatra and Borneo, but very scarce in Brunei; uncommon in Java.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2017). Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Philentoma velata). 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 November 2017).