Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Rufous-breasted Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis camarinensis)


French: Gobemouche des Caramines German: Zimtbrust-Blauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pechicanela

Muscicapa herioti camarinensis

Rand and Rabor

, 1967,

Mt Isarog, Camarines Sur, Luzon


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. herioti, but differs in its (in male) much weaker electric-blue brow-flash (2); dull matt blue-black vs dark blue crown (1); pale ochraceous vs dark blue throat and dusky-tinted buffy-rufous vs dark blue breast (4); more greyish-buff on lower flanks (ns[1]). Monotypic.

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S Luzon and Catanduanes, in NC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; one male 21·4 g, one female 18 g. Medium-sized forest flycatcher. Male has rather indistinct electric-blue forehead and narrow supercilium, black lores to eye and chin... read more


Not known to differ significantly from that of C. herioti. Song a series of 2–3 whistles,... read more


Lowland and submontane primary and selectively logged forests, between 100 m and c. 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet presumably small invertebrates. Found in pairs and singly. Unobtrusive; forages low down in dense understorey.


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Luzon EBA. Uncommon to rare. This species’ global population is believed to total fewer than 10,000 (possibly or, more... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Rufous-breasted Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis camarinensis). 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 6 December 2019).