Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Palawan Flycatcher (Ficedula platenae)


French: Gobemouche de Palawan German: Palawanschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Palawan

Siphia Platenae

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1888,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines




Palawan, in W Philippines.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 11–13 g. Small size, short-tailed, skulking, forest flycatcher. Head and upperparts to rump are deep rufous-brown, uppertail-coverts and tail bright... read more


Song, most often given early around dawn, is a rasping, high-pitched and variable “zeee-zawww”, “... read more


Lowland primary forest and secondary growth, up to 1000 m; appears to show preference for areas... read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known, but include small invertebrates. Usually solitary; shy, secretive and easily overlooked. Forages in dense... read more


Season May–Sept; birds in breeding condition in May, Jul and early Aug. No other information available.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Uncommon or rare within its small range; possibly under-recorded owing to its highly secretive nature. Since... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Palawan Flycatcher (Ficedula platenae). 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 14 December 2019).