Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Flycatcher (Eumyias ruficrissa)


French: Gobemouche cul-roux German: Indigoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas culirrojo

Stoparola ruficrissa


, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, western Sumatra


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. indigo, but differs in its plain deep blue throat to mid-belly vs shining turquoise-blue throat and upper breast and duller, darker turquoise-blue mid-belly (3); bluer, less green-tinged upperparts (ns[1]); buffy-rufous to ochraceous-rufous vs white undertail-coverts (2); broader black frontal band (1); whitish-blue vs pale turquoise-blue crown-flash (ns[1]); slightly shorter bill (sample size small, but allow 1); song rather similar#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. r. ruficrissa (Salvadori, 1879) – Sumatra.
  • E. r. cerviniventris (Sharpe, 1887) – N & C Borneo (Mt Kinabalu S to Mt Murud and Mt Menyapa#R#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm. Small blue flycatcher with blackish face and buffish vent. Nominate race has lower forehead (over base of bill) to lores and chin black, upper forehead and along crown... read more


    Song a long series of short sweet whistles with little variation in pitch, thus sounding rather... read more


    Montane and submontane primary forest, highland scrub and moss forest, including Agathis... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet consists of small invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), also vegetable matter and fruit, e.g. berries of introduced elder (... read more


    Season Feb–Aug and Dec, with peak Mar–May; possibly breeds throughout year. Nest a small cup of moss, dry grasses, rootlets and feathers,... read more


    Resident; possibly short dispersive movements in Borneo, where has occurred farther S than normal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to fairly common; locally abundant in Sumatra, generally more localized in Borneo. Population size has not been quantified,... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Rufous-vented Flycatcher (Eumyias ruficrissa). 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 25 February 2020).