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Ashy Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by safariranger
Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 3 May 2007

Alternative names: Ashy Alseonax, Blue-grey Flycatcher

Fraseria caerulescens


Subspecies cinereola
Photo © by Morph
Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara, Kenya 12 August 2007

14-16 cm (5½-6¼ in). A pale grey or blue-grey flycatcher of forest margins. The black loral line and the white supraloral streak which joins the narrow (but usually prominent) white eye-ring are good diagnostic features for this bird.

  • elongate for a flycatcher, recalling a wheatear
  • overall grey or brownish-grey. Often more bluish than similar species like African Grey Flycatcher
  • loral line dark with whitish supraloral
  • eye ring white or whitish, narrow but often prominent. Horizontally bisected
  • throat whitish, often contrasting with grey underparts
  • lower belly paler, becoming white in the vent area
  • wing with pale feather fringes
  • eye dark
  • bill dark, frequently with paler base to the lower mandible (may appear light blue, even creamy)
  • legs bluish grey (may be dark)


Sub-Saharan Africa: Guinea to south-eastern Somalia, Angola and eastern South Africa.


Formerly placed in genus Muscicapa


Clements recognises the following subspecies [2]:


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.


  1. Answers.com. 2008. Animal Encyclopedia: Ashy flycatcher. Downloaded 27 December 2008.
  2. 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/
  3. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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