Ferruginous Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Muscicapa ferruginea

Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Api

Chinese Name: 棕尾褐鹟

Range: Found from northeast Indian subcontinent, central China to Taiwan and winters Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 12.5-13 cm

Identification: Adult has distinctive slaty-grey head, rufescent rump, uppertail-coverts and tail, rusty-rufous fringes on coverts/tertials and rusty-buff breast and flanks. Juvenile resembles adult but has buff streaks on crown, short rusty streaks on upper-mantle and scapulars and darkish scales/mottlings on throat-sides and breast.

Similar looking species: Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the middle and lower storeys usually near streams.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 29-Nov 04
Early date 21 Sep 2014
Late date 13 Apr 1987
Another flycatcher with most records during the fall passage from Oct to Dec.


BirdLife International. (2016). Muscicapa ferruginea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22709223A94197939.en. 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.

To top
%d bloggers like this: