Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher (Ficedula ruficauda)


French: Gobemouche à queue rousse German: Rotschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas colirrojo

Muscicapa ruficauda


, 1838,



Previously placed in Muscicapa, but genetic data indicate it is most appropriately treated within Ficedula#R#R; the new genus name Ripleyia and its replacement Ripleyornis, introduced for this species#R#R, are junior synonyms of Ficedula. Monotypic.


E Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, NE Afghanistan, and W & C Himalayas (E to E Nepal); non-breeding SW India (S Western Ghats).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 11–16 g. Medium-sized, upright forest flycatcher with flat-headed appearance and large dark eye. Head and upperparts are grey-brown, lores to eye and eyering... read more


Song, usually early morning and late afternoon, from high in tree, fairly loud and melodious, a... read more


Breeds in open coniferous and broadleaf forests, also mixed deciduous and coniferous forests; 1500... read more

Food and feeding

Diet largely unknown; includes small invertebrates, in particular dipteran flies, beetles (Coleoptera) and moths (Lepidoptera). Usually... read more


Season May–Jul. Territorial. Nest a cup made almost entirely of moss, with additional lichens, gossamer, bark strips, hair and... read more


Migratory. Departs from breeding area in Aug and Sept, on passage in Himalayan foothills and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in most of NW & N India, scarce in E; locally common in Pakistan and Nepal; rare or scarce in E Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Locally common... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Rusty-tailed Flycatcher (Ficedula 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 9 December 2019).