Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Olive-backed Forest-robin (Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus)


French: Rougegorge à dos olive German: Olivmantel-Waldrötel Spanish: Petirrojo selvático dorsioliva

Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus

Schmidt and Angehr

, 2008,

N’dodo Lagoon, Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Ogooué-Maritime Province, Gabon


Has been lumped as a race of S. erythrothorax#R, but differs from that species (as here defined) by its mid-grey vs blackish submoustachial area and lower ear-coverts (2); strong olive-green vs olive-brown or olive-grey crown to rump (3); bright vs dull orange throat and breast with much less abrupt lower border (2); creamy vs white belly (ns[1]); and female more weakly coloured than male, unlike in any other Stiphrornis taxa (ns[2]). It differs from S. xanthogaster (as here defined) by same first two characters above (2+3); and female more weakly coloured than male (2); moreover, evidently sympatric#R (perceived differences in voice need checking to eliminate individual variation). Monotypic.


Gamba forest complex in coastal Gabon S of R Ogooué; possibly also in Lopé National Park (farther inland), Makokou area#R (NE Gabon) and Kouilou (S Congo).

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm; 16–20·5 g. A fine-billed forest-robin with weak rictal bristles, short legs and short tail. Male has crown, nape and rear ear-coverts dark olive-washed... read more


Two vocalizations described: a single chirp followed by a series of modulated notes; and... read more


Primary lowland forest with light to moderate undergrowth.

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages on ground.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Restricted-range species: present in Gabon–Cabinda Coast Secondary Area. Locally common within its small range. Less numerous or absent in places with heavy... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. (2020). Olive-backed Forest-robin (Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus). 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 February 2020).