Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra)


French: Gobemouche givré German: Rotbrust-Grundschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas cejiníveo

M[uscicapa]. hyperythra


, 1843,

Darjeeling, India


Until recently considered conspecific with F. luzoniensis. Birds on Sula Is, tentatively included in race jugosae, may represent an undescribed race; those on Wetar, tentatively included in race clarae, might also represent an undescribed taxon. Race mjobergi sometimes erroneously listed as “mjoebergi” but this emendation is unjustified, as based on a non-German name (named after Swedish director of Sarawak Museum). Thirteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. h. hyperythra (Blyth, 1843) – C & E Himalayas E to NE India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram), W, N & E Myanmar, SC China (SE Xizang, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan), N Thailand and N & C Indochina; winters at lower altitudes, and S to Bangladesh and C Myanmar.
  • F. h. annamensis (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – SC Vietnam (Langbian).
  • F. h. innexa (Swinhoe, 1866) – Taiwan.
  • F. h. sumatrana (Hachisuka, 1926) – Malay Peninsula and highlands of W Sumatra and N Borneo.
  • F. h. mjobergi (E. J. O. Hartert, 1925) – Poi Mts, in W Borneo.
  • F. h. vulcani (Robinson, 1918) – Java, Bali and W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores).
  • F. h. annalisa (Stresemann, 1931) – N Sulawesi.
  • F. h. jugosae (Riley, 1921) – C, SE & S Sulawesi, including Sula Is (Taliabu) and Peleng#R.
  • F. h. pallidipectus (E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – Bacan (off SW Halmahera), in Moluccas.
  • F. h. alifura (Stresemann, 1912) – Buru (S Moluccas).
  • F. h. negroides (Stresemann, 1914) – Seram (S Moluccas).
  • F. h. clarae (Mayr, 1944) – Timor and, probably this race, Wetar#R.
  • F. h. audacis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1906) – Babar Is (E of Timor).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm; 6–12 g (sumatrana), 7·5–9·5 g (annamensis), 9–9·5 g (annalisa). Small, short-tailed, round-... read more


    Song quiet, high-pitched and wheezing series of descending “tsit-tsip-tsee-tswii” or... read more


    Primary moist or mossy broadleaf forest, favouring damp areas, bamboo clumps and ravines; in non-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well studied; principally small invertebrates and larvae, including dipteran flies, spiders (Araneae), also small earthworms and... read more


    Season Mar–Oct. Nest built by both sexes, an untidy cup or oval with side entrance, made of moss, fine plant fibres and feathers,... read more


    Resident and altitudinal migrant. In Himalayas, post-breeding descent to foothills and adjacent... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and reasonably common. Fairly common in Nepal, uncommon in Bhutan and NE India; uncommon non-breeding visitor in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra). 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).