Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Sumba Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa segregata)


French: Gobemouche de Sumba German: Sumbaschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Sumba claro

Alseonax latirostris segregata


, 1928,

Karuni, Laora, western Sumba, Lesser Sundas


Has previously been considered conspecific with M. dauurica and M. randi, but differences exhibited by present species in morphology and vocal characters, and its sedentary nature on one island, suggest that speciation has been attained. Monotypic.


Sumba, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small, grey flycatcher with pale eyering and whitish underparts. Head and upperparts are greyish, tinged brown, lores whitish, fairly conspicuous whitish eyering;... read more


Song a jumbled series of rapid high-pitched whistled notes, including trilled notes and several... read more


Lowland primary forest, including forest edges bordering cultivation and secondary forest; sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary or in pairs. Forages in understorey and lower levels of trees, also pursues insects in... read more


Nest (at single known location) placed up to 15 m above ground in large tree. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon or rare, although widespread in remaining patches of primary and secondary forest. Population is... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Sumba Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa segregata). 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 23 January 2020).