Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Cyornis brunneatus

Malay Name: Sambar-Hutan Cina

Chinese Name: 白喉林鹟

Range: Breeds in south to southeast China and winters to the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Sumatra

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 15 cm

Identification: Resembles Asian Brown Flycatcher but much bigger and has long stout bill with yellow mandible, whitish throat, brownish breast, rufescent tail and pinkish legs.

Similar looking species: Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the lower storey.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tuas South.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher Cyornis brunneatus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 15-Oct 21
Early date 21 Sep 2020
Late date 21 Apr 2018
Almost exclusively a passage migrant, with most records from Oct and Nov. Records at other parts of the migratory season are infrequent.


BirdLife International. (2016). Cyornis brunneatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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