Alternative name: Ashy Alseonax
- Muscicapa caerulescens
14-16 cm. This is a pale grey or blue-grey flycatcher of forest margins. The black loral line and the short white supraloral streak which joins the narrow white eye-ring are good diagnostic features for this bird.
There are 6 subspecies:2
- M. c. nigrorum
- M. c. brevicauda
- M. c. cinereola
- M. c. impavida
- M. c. vulturna
- M. c. caerulescens
Placed in genus Fraseria by Clements.
Dry and moist forests (where it prefers forest edge and clearings) and moist savanna.
The diet comprises mainly insects; hawked or taken on the ground. Also seen eating small fruit and small geckos.
Monogamous and territorial. Both sexes build a cup-shaped nest using bark, grass, moss and rootlets (sometimes spiders web); it is placed in a shallow cavity in a tree or rock-face, or at a narrow fork between branches. Two to three cream, finely spotted eggs are laid and incubated for about 14 days. Parasitism by Klaas's Cuckoo has been recorded.
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- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Ashy Flycatcher. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 13 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Ashy_Flycatcher