- Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher
 - Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (Northern)
 - Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (Southern)
 - Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (Northern)

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
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The Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone cinnamomea) manages to be both (nearly) concolorous and incredibly stunning, with glowing rufous plumage. Males and females have blue bills and eye wattles, although the wattles of females are smaller. Males of the northern subspecies (except for the possibly extinct Negros Island population) have long tail streamers, which are shorter or lacking in those of the southern subspecies. Although the two populations are monomorphic in color, significant plumage, DNA, and vocal divergence has led to recent treatment by some experts of the northern and southern populations as two different species. The species' song is a series of similar short up slurred whistles of variable pace, differing between northern and southern populations in bandwidth. Their calls includes a harsh up-slurred rasp. The Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher is endemic to forest and second-growth habitats of the Philippines and the Indonesian Talaud Archipelago.

Distribution of the Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher

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