Distinguished from all other members of the genus by its rufous rather than grey or yellow colouration (2) (3) (4), the rufous flycatcher is a distinctive, medium-sized flycatcher with a brown head and upperparts, predominantly reddish-brown wings and tail, and a cinnamon-rufous throat and underparts (2). The legs, eyes and longish beak are dark, and the feathers of the crown can be raised in a fairly long crest (2) (3). Male and female rufous flycatchers are similar in appearance, and juveniles resemble the adults (2). Although not particularly vocal, the rufous flycatcher uses a descending huit note when foraging, and the song, performed at dawn, consists of alternating huit notes, rasping whistles, and some rasping ‘hiccup’ notes (2) (3).
- Length: 17 - 19 cm (2)
- ca. 21 - 25 g (3)