Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Tanimbar Flycatcher (Ficedula riedeli)


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

Erythromyias Riedeli


, 1886,



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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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


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


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


No information.



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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).