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African Grey Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Large Flycatcher; Large Grey Flycatcher; Grayish Flycatcher

Bradornis microrhynchus

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


14 cm (5½ in). A small drab, nondescript dumpy grey-brown flycatcher.

  • overall grey brown: varies from very pale greyish to quite brown
  • underparts slightly paler
  • mantle, wings and tail slightly darker
  • wings with pale feather fringes
  • forehead and crown with diagnostic dark longitudinal streaks (generally impossible to see)
  • legs dark
  • eye dark
  • bill dark


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


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

Sometimes subspecies pumilus is split as "Little Grey Flycatcher", "Ethiopian Flycatcher" or "Small Grey Flycatcher", Bradornis pumilus.


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:


Dry country, open thornbush and scrub, including acacia.


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


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


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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