Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Matinan Flycatcher (Cyornis sanfordi)


French: Gobemouche de Sanford German: Sanfordblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Sanford
Other common names: Matinan Blue-flycatcher, Matinan Warbling-flycatcher

Cyornis sanfordi


, 1931,

Matinan Mountains, northern Sulawesi


Placement in genus Niltava or Eumyias perhaps more appropriate. Monotypic.


Minahasa Peninsula, in N Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm. Small to medium-sized, robust and large-eyed brown flycatcher with broad-based bill fine at tip. Has grey crown to nape, becoming more grey-brown on... read more


Song, for up 30 minutes from same perch, a series of rapid, thin and clear or subdued notes,... read more


Primary hill and montane broadleaf evergreen forest, including selectively logged areas, between... read more

Food and feeding

Diet largely undescribed; includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary, but recorded in mixed-species flocks. Inconspicuous. Forages in... read more


Only one nest found, in Nov, c. 3 m above ground in cavity of dead tree trunk. No other information.


Resident; may make short-distance altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Rare, but little known; elusive and inconspicuous. Recorded in Tentolo-Matinan Mts, at two sites in Dumoga-Bone... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Matinan Flycatcher (Cyornis sanfordi). 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).