Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-throated Flycatcher (Ficedula rufigula)


French: Gobemouche à gorge rousse German: Celebesschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas gorjirrufo

Cyornis rufigula


, 1865,

Manado, Sulawesi


Affinities recently clarified, as sister to F. buruensis, with which it shares a bright blue eyelid (although F. dumetoria, which also displays this character, is less closely related than once assumed)#R. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Small flycatcher. Male has forehead, crown and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts and tail, dark blue-grey, flight-feathers and tertials blackish; lores... read more


Song 2 or 3 high-pitched notes (inaudible outside moderate range) alternating up and down scale,... read more


Primary lowland and hill forest to lower montane rainforest, also secondary forest and swamp-forest... read more

Food and feeding

Food largely unknown, but includes small invertebrates. Usually in pairs, occasionally solitary; skulking, elusive and rarely seen. Forages... read more


Adults with two recently fledged juveniles seen at end Sept. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Locally common and widespread; very secretve, and rarely... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Rufous-throated Flycatcher (Ficedula rufigula). 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 17 January 2020).