French: Gobemouche forestier German: Sperberwaldschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas forestal
Other common names: Fraser's Forest-flycatcher
See comments under F. cinerascens. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
F. o. kelsalli
Bannerman, 1922 – extreme SW Guinea and S Sierra Leone.
F. o. prosphora
Oberholser, 1899 – Western Forest-flycatcher – Liberia, C & S Ivory Coast and S Ghana.
F. o. ocreata
(Strickland, 1844) – Eastern Forest-flycatcher – S Benin, C & S Nigeria, Bioko and S Cameroon E to W Uganda, S to extreme N Angola and C DRCongo.
18 cm; 28–42 g (nominate), average 30–32 g (prosphora). Male nominate race has head and upperparts dark slate-grey, blacker on forehead and crown; lores... read more
Vocal. Calls mostly harsh and buzzing, including frequently uttered short series of buzzy notes... read more
Primary and secondary evergreen forest, to 1600 m. Prefers dense, continuous mature forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, including moths and hairy and smooth caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), winged termites... read more
Recorded in Jan and Nov (and adults with enlarged gonads Mar and Jun–Sept) in Liberia, Sept–Oct in Nigeria, Sept–Dec (and... read more
Sedentary, at least in NE Gabon, and presumably elsewhere.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to frequent or common throughout range. Average density of 2·1 groups (16 individuals)/km² recorded in NE Gabon. No published evidence for... read more
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