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African Grey Flycatcher

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Alternative name: Large Flycatcher; Large Grey Flycatcher

Photo by Mick Harris  Tanzania, November, 2017
Photo by Mick Harris
Tanzania, November, 2017
Bradornis microrhynchus

Includes: Little Grey Flycatcher (or Ethiopian or Small Grey Flycatcher)
See here for Muscicapa epulata (Little Grey Flycatcher)


[edit] Identification

14 cm (5½ in)

  • Grey upperparts, sides of head, neck, scapulars and uppertail-coverts

[edit] Distribution

Photo by balticbird  Ethiopia, February 1997
Photo by balticbird
Ethiopia, February 1997

Western Africa: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia

[edit] Taxonomy

Like all members of the genus Bradornis this species is sometimes included in Melaenornis as Melaenornis microrhynchus[2].

[edit] Subspecies

Five subspecies recognized.[1]

  • B. m. neumanni:
  • B. m. pumilus:
  • B. m. burae:
  • B. m. microrhynchus:
  • B. m. taruensis:

Sometimes Bradornis pumilus is split from this species, called Little Grey Flycatcher, Ethiopian Flycatcher or Small Grey Flycatcher.

[edit] Habitat

Dry country, open thornbush and scrub, including acacia.

[edit] Behaviour

They are generally to be found in pairs or small family groups.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of caterpillars, insect larvae, moths, grasshoppers and beetles.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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