Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Sumba Flycatcher (Ficedula harterti)


French: Gobemouche de Hartert German: Hartertschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Hartert

Erythromyias harterti


, 1928,

Kananggar, eastern Sumba, Lesser Sundas




Sumba I, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Small rufous-brown flycatcher. Head and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, edges of flight-feathers and tail, are mostly rufous-brown, small buffish or buffish-... read more


Song a mournful series of 3 descending whistled notes followed by sharp “zip”. Calls include insect... read more


Primary and secondary forests, forest edge, bushy thickets and secondary-growth areas, to c. 930 m.

Food and feeding

Food includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary or in pairs; unobtrusive and easily overlooked. Forages in low undergrowth,... read more


Adult observed feeding two nestlings in Oct. No other information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumba EBA. Moderately common and widespread within tiny global range. Total population estimated at more than 81... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Sumba Flycatcher (Ficedula harterti). 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).