Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Angola Slaty-flycatcher (Melaenornis brunneus)


French: Gobemouche d’Angola German: Angoladrongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas angoleño

Dioptrornis brunnea


, 1886,

Pungo Andongo, Malanje, Angola


See comments under M. chocolatinus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. brunneus (Cabanis, 1886) – W Angola (Cuanza Norte, N Cuanza Sul, W Malanje).
  • M. b. bailunduensis (Neumann, 1929) – W Angola, from highlands of S Cuanza Sul and Huambo S to Huíla (likely also in highlands of E Benguela).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 15 cm. Nominate race has forehead, lores and eyering grey; side of head warm dark brown, pale streaks on cheek and ear-coverts; crown, nape, neck side and upperparts,... read more


    No information.


    Nominate race inhabits secondary forest and open coffee forest; race bailunduensis occurs... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats insects; forages by hawking from crowns of tall trees.


    Birds in breeding condition in Aug–Nov. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. No information available on current status, except that it is uncommon. In view of deficiency of information on its natural history, ecology and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Angola Slaty-flycatcher (Melaenornis brunneus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).