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Rufous-chested Flycatcher Ficedula dumetoria
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This forest-associated species is listed as Near Threatened because it is assumed to have experienced moderately rapid declines owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests from large areas of South-East Asia. It is not considered more threatened because it can use secondary habitats and occurs in lower montane forest.

Taxonomic source(s)
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Distribution and population
Ficedula dumetoria occurs in the Sundaic lowlands of peninsular Thailand; Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia; Kalimantan, north Sumatra and principally west Java, Indonesia, and Brunei.

Population justification
The population size is unknown, but the species is described as uncommon or scarce in much of its range (del Hoyo et al. 2006).

Trend justification
Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover), because of a variety of factors, including the escalation of logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas, plus forest fires (particularly in 1997-1998). This species is not thought to have declined as rapidly as primary forest cover has because it is tolerant to some degree of secondary growth and occurs in lower montane habitats where deforestation has not been as rapid.

It occurs in the understorey and bamboo within lowland and lower montane forest. Its altitudinal range varies across its range, occurring locally to 800 m in the Malay Peninsula, to 1,200 m in Borneo, at 600-1,500 m on Sumatra, at 1,000-3,000 m on Java, 300-600 m on Lombok, 500-1,400 m on Sumbawa and at 600-1,900 m on Flores. It breeds between April and September, with one nest found in dense undergrowth near to a stream (Li and Chuah 2008). It forages low down in dense vegetation, often near streams, and frequently pursues insects in flight.

Forest destruction in the Sundaic lowlands of Indonesia, and in Thailand and Malaysia has been extensive (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover), but the species's use of hill and submontane forests implies that it is not immediately threatened, and the recent discovery of it nesting in the immediate vicinity of a road suggests the species is fairly tolerant of human disturbance (Li and Chuah 2008)..

Conservation Actions Underway
No species specific actions are known but a number of protected areas lie within its range. Conservation Actions Proposed
Protect areas of lowland forest within the species's range. Enforce restrictions on agricultural encroachment and logging within such protected areas. Generate density estimates to inform a revised population estimate for the species. Estimate population trends by calculating rates of forest loss within its range using satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D. 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Taylor, B. 2006. Family Muscicapidawe (Old World Flycatchers). In: del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Christie, D. A. (ed.), Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 11. Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers, pp. 56-163. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Yong Ding Li; Lim Kim Chuah. 2008. Some observations of nesting Rufous-chested Flycatcher Ficedula dumetoria and Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher Rhinomyias umbratilis in Peninsular Malaysia. BirdingASIA 9: 82-85.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Bird, J., Butchart, S., Khwaja, N.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Ficedula dumetoria. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers)
Species name author (Wallace, 1864)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 379,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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