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Photo by Tom Tarrant
Mbweya Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, western Uganda.

Alternative name: Swamp Alseonax

Muscicapa aquatica



Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and DRC
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Photo by safariranger
Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia, July 2006



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • M. a. aquatica:
  • M. a. infulata:
  • M. a. lualabae:
  • M. a. grimwoodi:
  • Southern Zambia (Kabwe district, Suye Lake and Lukanga Swamp)


Near water especially papyrus swamps and trees overhanging rivers.



  1. 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/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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