Ficedula basilanica Sharpe, 1877.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Gobemouche de Basilan; German: Schiefergrundschnдpper; Spanish: Papamoscas Pizarro Chico.
The body length is about 5 in (12 cm). The male is colored slate-gray on the back, head, and tail and has a white belly. The female is more brownish.
Vulnerable. A rare, endemic, nonmigratory species that only occurs on the islands of Samar, Leyte, Dinagat, Mindanao, and Basilan in the Philippine archipelago.
Occurs in lowland, humid, evergreen, primary and mature secondary tropical forest, including selectively logged areas. It selects micro
within the dense forest understorey. It occurs over the altitudinal range of sea level to 3,900 ft (0–1,200 m).
A nonmigratory species. Pairs of breeding birds defend a territory. A quiet, skulking species of the forest understory. The song is a series of warbling phrases.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Searches from a low perch for flying insects.
Builds a cup-shaped nest.
Vulnerable. A rare and declining species. Much of its original natural habitat has been lost to the development of subsistence agriculture, commercial plantations, logging, mining, and in one place, a golf course. Some of its breeding habitat occurs in protected areas, but is not necessarily safe from disturbance there. Areas of its critical breeding habitat must be protected.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
None known, except for the economic benefits of birdwatching.
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