Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Sumba Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis stresemanni)


French: Gobemouche de Stresemann German: Sumbadschungelschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Sumba oscuro

Microeca stresemanni


, 1928,

Mao Marru, Sumba


Until recently considered conspecific with C. oscillans, but differs in its grey-tinged buff vs darker and purer grey head sides and underparts (2); whiter belly (ns[at least 1]); white vs buffy-rufous undertail-coverts (2); brighter brown above (1); larger size overall, with distinctly longer bill (on published evidence mean 18.4 mm#R vs 15.7#R or 15.2#R in males; sample size small but supported by available photographs and our inspection of museum material; allow 2); lowland vs montane habitat#R (requires confirmation; ns); possibly more frugivorous diet#R (ns); and apparently different song#R. Monotypic.

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Sumba, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Small to medium-sized generally dull jungle-flycatcher with rufous tinges on upperside. Adult has head and face warm dark brown, becoming rufous-brown on upperparts,... read more


Song reminiscent of that of a thrush (Turdidae), “toowit’toowee’toowit toowit’toowee’toowit…” in... read more


Found in mature primary and secondary forest and scrub, in lowlands; reported to inhabit more open... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, also some fruit (e.g. berries); reported as taking more fruit and seeds than it does insects. Occurs singly or in small... read more


No information.


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Sumba EBA. Fairly common. Population estimated at more than 86,000 individuals. It is suspected... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Sumba Jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis stresemanni). 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).