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Chat Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Agricola infuscatus
Subspecies placidus
Photo by Oregonian
Nxai Pan, Botswana, November 2008


A large, chat-like buffy-brown flycatcher with lighter flight feather edges that form a pale wing panel. The plain brown tail and rump differentiates this species from all chats. The similar Pale Flycatcher is smaller and lacks the pale wing panel.


South Africa, Angola, Botswana, and Namibia.


Agricola infuscatus has five subspecies:[1]

  • A. i. benguellensis
  • Arid coastal south-western Angola (Benguela) to north-western Namibia (Kaokoveld)
  • A. i. namaquensis
  • A. i. placidus
  • A. i. seimundi
  • A. i. infuscatus

It's sometimes placed in the genus Melaenornis or in the genus Bradornis.


Dry savanna.


They like sit on shrubs, fences, and telephone wires in arid shrublands and savanna. When they drop to the ground, they look distinctly chat-like as they hunt insects and small vertebrates. They also flycatch, seizing prey in mid-air.


  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/

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