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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher is highly vocal. Its repetitive low-pitched ringing whistled song and harsh up slurred call notes (AV2408) are commonly heard as background sounds (AV2410) in lowland forest habitats. It also readily responds to imitations of its song (46).


Vocal Array

The nominate subspecies T. c. cinnamomea gives a loud, long, continuous series of 30 or more clear strident schweet whistles at a rate of approximately two calls per second. At this time it also produces a harsh, raspy tre-chee.

The song (AV5667) and call (AV5665) of T. c. talautensis are very similar to those of the nominate: the song is described as an up slurred, ringing whik-whik-whik... , less than 12 seconds in duration and given at a rate of approximately three notes per second. The calls are a hollow, up slurred hwhip whistle and a rasping tre-chee (69).

The song of T. c. unirufa is a long series of repeated short up slurred whistles wiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwiwi.... uttered at variable pace (two to six notes per second) with a phrase duration of approximately nine seconds. Compared with the song of T. c. cinnamomea, the whistles have a narrower frequency range and are slightly shorter. The calls include short raspy notes.

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