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Sumba Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Hartert's Flycatcher

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Sumba, Indonesia, November 2005
Ficedula harterti


11 cm. A small, rufous-brown flycatcher.

  • Rufous-brown head and upperparts
  • Small buffish or buffish-white spots on lores
  • Blackish remiges
  • Whitish underparts with warm rufous on sides of neck and breast

Sexes similar. Juveniles similar to adult but with pale buff tips on wing-coverts, forming two wingbars.

Similar species

Smaller than Sumba Jungle Flycatcher, smaller bill, pale loral spot, rufous (instead of greyish) head and white (instead of buff-grey) underparts.


Endemic to Sumba Island in the Lesser Sundas, Indonesia.
Rather common and widespread in its tiny range.


This is a monotypic species.


Moist lowland forests. Also in secondary forest, forest edge, bushy thickets and secondary growth.
Occurs up to c. 930 m.



Feeds on small invertebrates.
Forages solitary or in pairs. Behaves unobtrusive and is easily overlooked. Often low in the undergrowth or even on ground.


An adult feeding two nestlings was observed in October. No other information about breeding.


This is a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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