Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufocinerea)


French: Tchitrec du Congo German: Roststeiß-Paradiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca del Congo

Terpsiphone rufocinerea


, 1875,

Chinchoxo, Cabinda, north-west Angola


Sometimes treated as conspecific with T. viridis, the two hybridizing in Gabon and Angola; genetic relationship between them uncertain#R#R, and more research required. Has also been considered conspecific with T. batesi, but eco-ethological studies reveal that the two are distinct. Monotypic.


SW Cameroon S to W Gabon, S Congo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola.

Descriptive notes

18 cm (excluding male’s elongated central rectrices, which may project 1–11 cm beyond others); female 15·4 g. Male has glossy blue-black head with very... read more


Territorial song a cheerful, mellow “thulululululu” or more sibilant “thui-huit-... read more


In Angola, found in primary forest but mainly in secondary forest, also scattered shorter trees in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, e.g. moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), cicadas (Cica­didae), beetles (Coleoptera), and winged ants (Hymenoptera... read more


Season Jan in Cameroon, and Jan, Feb, Aug and Nov in Gabon; birds with active gonads in Jan and young recorded in Jan, Jun and Dec in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to frequent in entire range. In Gabon, density in Mouila estimated at 2 pairs/km². In DRCongo occurs inland to Ngombe Lutete and Kwamouth, on... read more

Recommended citation

Moeliker, K. (2017). Rufous-vented Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufocinerea). 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 November 2017).