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Subspecies philippinensis
Photo by Romy Ocon
Boracay Island, Aklan Province, Philippines, October 2004
Cyornis rufigastra




Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Sulu Archipelago, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas and Bali.



About eight subspecies are currently recognized for this species. Until recently, four more were included, until Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher was split from this one. There are still authorities that do not recognize the split.

Juvenile with Male
Photo by cskhaw
Air Itam Dalam, Penang, Malaysia, June 2005
  • C. r. rufigastra:
  • C. r. lepidulus:
  • Karimunjawa Islands (Java Sea)
  • C. r. rhizophorae:
  • Western Java and Sebesi Island (Sunda Strait)
  • C. r. karimatensis:
  • Karimata Island (off south-western Borneo)
  • C. r. blythi:
  • C. r. marinduquensis:
  • C. r. mindorensis:
  • C. r. philippensis:
  • Central and southern Philippines, Palawan and Sulu Archipelago


Disturbed forest, early second growth and in the lowlands, mangrove swamps.



  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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