Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Anthipes solitaris)


French: Gobemouche à face rousse German: Roststirnschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas cejirrufo

Muscicapa solitaris

S. Müller

, 1836,



See comments under A. monileger. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. submoniliger A. O. Hume, 1877 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and W Thailand S to N Malay Peninsula; SE Laos and SC Vietnam.
  • A. s. malayanus (Sharpe, 1888) – C & S Malay Peninsula and N Sumatra.
  • A. s. solitaris (S. Müller, 1836) – C & S Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm. Small, large-headed flycatcher with brilliant white throat. Nominate race has crown and upperparts, including upperwing and tail, rich rufous-brown, inner... read more


    Song a slow, thin or high-pitched tremulous warble, commonly rendered as a descending “three... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen submontane and montane forests, also in bamboo; mostly 760–1400m in SE... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known, but includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary or in pairs. Active, and forages noisily in lower levels of forest... read more


    Not well-known. Season Jan–Jul. Nest built by both sexes, a bulky dome or ball of leaves, fern fragments, bamboo leaves and moss,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Uncommon in C & S Thailand; common in Peninsular Malaysia, e.g. in Larut hills and Titiwangsa Range; locally common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Anthipes solitaris). 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).