Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone cinnamomea Scientific name definitions

Pamela C. Rasmussen, Kees Moeliker, Josep del Hoyo, David Christie, and Nigel Collar
Version: 2.0 — Published May 20, 2022



The species can be found in forest and second growth habitats in lowlands and foothills below 1200 m in elevation.

At Mount Hamiguitan, Davao Oriental, Mindanao, subspecies cinnamomea has only been recorded in lowland dipterocarp forest below 370 m (60). A bird was collected in secondary dipterocarp forest on Samar (KUBI 123413). The population on Camiguin Sur is common and found at a variety of elevations (61).

On Talaud, subspecies talautensis is found in all kinds of wooded habitats, including remnant patches of disturbed monsoon forest and scrub interspersed with secondary woodland and cultivation, including nutmeg plantations (62) where it seems relatively unaffected by habitat alteration (63).

Subspecies unirufa can be found in forest fragments of Mt. Palay-Palay, Cavite, Luzon (64), as well as in the forest at Mt. Siburan Important Bird Area, Mindoro, where floristics (i.e. flora biodiversity and structure) and habitat gradients were found to be the most important variables explaining their occurrence (65). It can also be found in the understory and subcanopy (66). One female was collected from a perch 2 m high and 25 m in elevation (21).

Recommended Citation

Rasmussen, P. C., K. Moeliker, J. del Hoyo, D. A. Christie, and N. Collar (2022). Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone cinnamomea), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rupfly1.02