Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Southern Rufous Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone cinnamomea)


French: Tchitrec roux German: Zimtparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca canelo meridional

Zeocephus cinnamomeus


, 1877,

Isabela de Basilan, Philippines


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. unirufa (see above). Race talautensis sometimes treated as a separate species, but report in HBW suggesting a different voice is incorrect#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. cinnamomea (Sharpe, 1877) – S Philippines: Samar, Dinagat, Siargao, Camiguin Sur, Mindanao, Basilan and Sulu Archipelago.
  • T. c. talautensis (A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1894) – Talaud Is, S of Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5 cm (male up to 30·5 cm when elongated central rectrices included); 21·2–23·1 g. Distinctive. Male nominate race is entirely bright pale orange-rufous, a little... read more


    In Philippines a loud, long, continuous series of 30 or more clear strident “schweet” whistles at... read more


    Forest and secondary growth in lowland and hills, below 1200 m. On Talaud also in all kinds of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Apparently insects. Forages singly, in pairs or in mixed-species flocks. In Philippines mostly in understorey up to 20 m from ground; in... read more


    Season Apr–Jun in Philippines. Nest a neat cup built in fork of branch in understorey. Clutch 3 eggs, white, with lilac and brown... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon in Philippines. On Talaud, common in all wooded habitats on Karakelong (including the unique scrub on Mt Piapi) and Salebabu in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Moeliker, K. (2017). Southern Rufous Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone cinnamomea). 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 22 November 2017).