Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Tanimbar Flycatcher (Ficedula riedeli)


Taxonomy

French: Gobemouche des Tanimbar German: Yamdenaschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de las Tanimbar
Taxonomy:

Erythromyias Riedeli

Büttikofer

, 1886,

Tanimbar

.

Until recently considered conspecific with F. dumetoria, but molecular evidence suggests a closer relationship to F. platenae#R; differs from F. dumetoria in its slightly stronger vs duller black crown, ear-coverts and mantle (1), with striking white supercilium (but this matched in some dumetoria; ns); slightly paler upper throat (1); slightly darker, richer rufous breast (1); and (based in part on published description#R, in part on single recording) song with three notes, the first longest, at roughly similar pitch, thus a rhythmic “seee-tsee-wee”, vs song with 3–4 rising and falling notes, often ending on higher-pitched stressed note, thus some notes not overlapping in frequency range (3); plus call a single “seee” vs double “ssit-ssit” or “ssit-truk”#R (2). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Tanimbar Is (Larat, Yamdena), E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Medium-sized slim, upright flycatcher with relatively large bill. Male has long, rather broad white supercilium, and black crown, head-sides and upperparts,... read more

Voice

Song a very high-pitched, rather piercing “seee-tsee-wee” at even pitch. Call a high-pitched “seee”.

Habitat

Lowland and lower montane forest, including forest edges on Yamdena.

Food and feeding

Diet almost unknown; presumaby small invertebrates, as with that of F. dumetoria. Usually singly or in pairs, but on Yamdena... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single island group within the Banda Sea Islands EBA. Fairly common; locally common on... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Tanimbar Flycatcher (Ficedula riedeli). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344069 on 18 September 2019).