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White-browed Forest Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Fraseria cinerascens


17 cm.

  • Dark slate-grey upperparts
  • Distinctive white supraloral streak
  • White underparts with indistinct grey crescentic bars on throat and breast
  • ruthae has darker upperparts and is heavier scalloped on breast

Sexes similar, juveniles are browner above, densely spotted rufous-brown with washed rufous brown breast and flanks.


Western and Central Africa: From Senegal east to Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and south to DR Congo.
Uncommon to abundant in its range.


Two subspecies recognized:


Moist lowland forests and swamps. Always near water.



Feeds mainly on insects. Takes also spiders, worms and some small fruits.
Forages singly or in pairs. Sits often on an exposed perch in a shady place under dense foliage.


Breeding recorded at different times in range, some pairs breed twice a year. A monogamous species, solitary and territorial all year. The nest is a cup made by moss, dead twigs and leaves, lichens and rootlets. It's placed in a cavity or split in a dead stump, a tree trunk, in a termite mound or a riverbank cavity, 1 to 3 m above the ground. Lays 1 to 2 eggs.


A sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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