Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Palm-thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda)


French: Cichladuse à queue rousse German: Graubruströtel Spanish: Zorzal palmero colirrufo

Bradyornis ruficauda


, 1857,





SW Central African Republic (Bangui), S Gabon and lower R Congo S to W Angola and extreme NW Namibia (along S bank of R Cunene); one record from coastal Cameroon#R.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 28–30 g. Dull rufous cap, dusky-rufous back and wings, bright rufous rump and tail; pale grey face and sides; creamy-buff chin to centre of breast and upper... read more


Song is loud and clear, and similar to that of C. arquata, interspersed with churring and... read more


Thickets and savannas of ivory palm (Hyphaene ventricosa), groves of oil palm (Elaeis... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including spiders and (adult and larval) beetles, and small fruits and berries, including occasionally oil palm fruits.... read more


Sept–Oct, Dec–Jan and Mar–May in Angola, Oct–Apr in DRCongo and Mar in Namibia. Nest a thick-walled, truncated cone... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; common throughout escarpment zone in Angola.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Rufous-tailed Palm-thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda). 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).