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Böhm's Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by safariranger
Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia, July 2006

Alternative name: Dusky Blue Flycatcher

Muscicapa boehmi


13-14 cm.

  • Whitish lores and side of head, creamy narrow eyering
  • Warm brown finely streaked black middle of forehead, crown, nape, hindneck, ear-coverts and neck side
  • Brown cheek, becoming white in moustachial area, narrow black malar stripe
  • Warm brown mantle, scapulars and back, sometimes rufescent, sparsely streaked blackish
  • Light rufous-brown or grey brown rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Brown primaries with buff edges, dark brown secondaries with rufous-brown edges, dark brown tertials and upperwing-coverts with broad rufous-buff fringes
  • Darkish brown tail feathers with buff fringes
  • White chin and throat with a few small black triangles
  • White breast heavily spotted with black triangles, buffy flanks with diffuse brown streaks
  • White belly to undertail-coverts with buff wash
  • White axillaries and underwing-coverts, mottled buff-brown

Sexes similar.

Similar species

The warm brown upperparts and the boldly marked white underparts distinguish this species from other flycatchers.


Africa: Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: south-western Tanzania, Zambia, northern Mozambique, Malawi Common in parts of its range, however the destruction and degradation of miombo woodland is certainly a threat to the species.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Bradornis by Clements.


Miombo woodland, typically in lower strata.



Feeds on insects.
Forages singly, in pairs or family parties. Like other flycatchers, perches upright on a branch and makes aerial flycatching sallies. Less active than other flycatchers.


Breeding recorded in September in DR Congo, from September to November in Zambia and in October in Malawi. Presumably a monogamous species. Breeds in old weaver nests (like nests of Olive-headed Weaver, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver and Red-headed Weaver. Usually lays 4 eggs.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)
  4. BF Member observations

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