Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria)


French: Gobemouche à poitrine rousse German: Spiegelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pechirrufo

Saxicola? dumetoria


, 1864,

Lombok, Lesser Sundas


Has sometimes been thought to be closely related to F. rufigula (which see) and F. buruensis; until recently considered conspecific with F. riedeli (see also that species). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. d. muelleri (Sharpe, 1879) – S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
  • F. d. dumetoria (Wallace, 1864) – Java and Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Satonda, Flores).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 7–12 g. Medium-sized slim, upright flycatcher with relatively large bill. Male nominate race has long white supercilium, black crown, head-sides and... read more


    Song a distinct but muted, thin and high-pitched series of c. 4 rising and falling notes, “sii, wi-... read more


    Understorey and bamboo of lowland to lower montane primary forests and moist forest; in Malay... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet little known, but includes small invertebrates, particularly spiders (Araneae), cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles (Coleoptera), mole... read more


    Season Apr–Sept. One nest described (in Peninsular Malaysia, in mid Jul), unusual for genus, been an elongated sphere (220 mm by 110... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon or scarce in much of range. In Malay Peninsula, local or scarce in N and common in S; fairly common on Borneo and Sumatra,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria). 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).