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


Field Identification

The brilliant Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher is a glowing orange rufous with blue eye wattles and feet.

Similar Species

There are no species within the range of Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher that are similar enough to pose a strong identification challenge. On Luzon in winter months, it overlaps with Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata), which is similar in overall shape and in bill color, but females have a darker brown back and a black head and breast. In being a uniformly brownish, upright-perching, medium-sized forest bird, it may recall some species such as Yellowish Bulbul (Hypsipetes everetti) or Zamboanga Bulbul (Hypsipetes rufigularis). Those species are quite a bit larger than Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher, with different proportions, different vocalizations and habits, and both lack the rich rufescent brown of Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher. In plumage color alone, Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher might seem similar to Rufous Coucal (Centropus unirufus), but the latter species is a substantially larger bird with a very different bill and tail shape. In the lower mountains of Mindanao, Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher could be confused with a poorly glimpsed Black-and-cinnamon Fantail (Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea). Birds that are heard only could be confused with Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea).

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