Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Angola Slaty-flycatcher (Melaenornis brunneus)


Taxonomy

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

Dioptrornis brunnea

Cabanis

, 1886,

Pungo Andongo, Malanje, Angola

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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

    Voice

    No information.

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58999 on 20 August 2019).