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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Adult (Northern)
Adult (Northern)
Male (Southern)
Female (Southern)
Male (Southern)
Male (Southern)
Individual in Misamis Oriental, Philippines.
Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher (subspecies cinnamomea)

The uniform rich rufous plumage with blue eye wattle and grayish-blue bill distinguish Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher from most species within its range.

Possible confusion species: Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata)

Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher is similar to Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher in overall shape and in bill color, but females have a darker brown back and a black head and breast.

Possible confusion species: Yellowish Bulbul (Hypsipetes everetti)

In being a uniformly brownish, upright-perching, medium-sized forest bird, Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher may recall some species such as Yellowish Bulbul. Yellowish Bulbul is quite a bit larger, with different proportions, different vocalizations and habits, and has more of a yellowish-brown tone unlike the rich rufescent brown of Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher.

Adult female in ventral view (subspecies cinnamomea)

Females are bright pale orange rufous with a paler belly.

Adult male in ventral view (subspecies cinnamomea)

Males are entirely bright orange rufous.

Adult male in lateral view (subspecies cinnamomea)

Males are entirely bright orange rufous.

An adult (subspecies unirufa) molting its head feathers. 
Close details of eye wattle (subspecies unirufa)
Adult in dorsal view (subspecies unirufa)
Adult in ventral view (subspecies unirufa)
Adult ventral view (subspecies talautensis)
Adult dorsal view (subspecies talautensis)
Habitat in Cagayan, Philippines.
Habitat in Camiguin, Philippines.
Habitat in Cagayan, Philippines.
Consuming an insect in Misamis Oriental, Philippines.
A bird consuming an insect in Camiguin, Philippines.
A bird consuming an insect in Camiguin, Philippines.
A calling Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher.
A roosting bird in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines.

Macaulay Library Photos for Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher

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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