Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Philentoma (Philentoma pyrhoptera)


French: Philentome à ailes rousses German: Rostflügelvanga Spanish: Filentoma alicastaño

Muscicapa pyrhoptera


, 1836,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. pyrhoptera (Temminck, 1836) – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and offshore islands.
  • P. p. dubia E. J. O. Hartert, 1894 – Natuna Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm. Medium-sized to large, stocky flycatcher. Male nominate race of typical morph has dull blue head and upperparts to back, median upperwing-coverts, and... read more


    Song a clear disyllabic whistle, “tu-tuuuuu”, second syllable slightly lower than first... read more


    Lowland and hill evergreen forests, particularly mixed dipterocarp forests, also peatswamp-forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known; presumably small invertebrates, including flies (Diptera) and small wasps (Hymenoptera). Alone or in pairs. Forages in... read more


    Season Feb–Sept. One nest in Peninsular Malaysia was a small cup held together by spiders’ webs, and placed in fork of thin... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common or locally common. Common in Borneo. Blue morph is scarce. Range formerly (until 1950) extended to Singapore. In study of population... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2017). Rufous-winged Philentoma (Philentoma pyrhoptera). 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 19 November 2017).