Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Nicobar Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis nicobaricus)


French: Gobemouche des Nicobar German: Nikobarendschungelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Nicobar

Rhinomyias nicobarica


, 1902,

Pulo Kunyi, Great Nicobar Island


Until recently considered conspecific with C. brunneatus, but differs in its narrower bill (1); shorter wing/resident vs migratory status (1); buff underwing- and undertail-coverts (2); song (based on published evidence#R; more samples needed) without high-pitched introductory notes (2), whistled phrase slightly longer with more notes (2) and slightly higher pace towards the end (ns[2])#R. Monotypic.

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S Nicobar Is (Great and Little Nicobar).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Medium-sized to large, plump brownish flycatcher with long hook-tipped bill and short rounded wings. Adult has plain brown head with pale bufffish or tawny eyering... read more


Song a loud, rich and rapid series of descending whistles, “fee-tee, tuu-tee, fuu”, ending with low... read more


Forest and forest edge, both primary and secondary, and dense bushes and thickets; occasionally... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet mainly insects. Usually solitary. Forages in lower canopy and bushes and lower levels of forest trees, also on ground.


No information.


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to the Nicobar Islands EBA. Fairly common. This species has a very small... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Nicobar Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis nicobaricus). 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 28 February 2020).