Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Böhm's Flycatcher (Bradornis boehmi)


French: Gobemouche de Böhm German: Böhmschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Böhm

Bradyornis [sic] Böhmi


, 1884,

Tabora, Tanzania


Previously treated within Muscicapa, but transferred to Bradornis based on recent genetic data#R. Sometimes isolated in genus Myopornis (or, erroneously, Bradyornis#R, which is merely an unjustified emendation and therefore junior objective synonym of Bradornis, and is anyway not applicable to present species in isolation). Monotypic.


C plateau of Angola, much of Zambia (largely absent in far N & S, and in Luangwa Valley), S & SE DRCongo (S Kasai, Katanga), W Malawi (Rumphi S to Mchinji) and SW Tanzania (Tabora SW to Ugalla Game Reserve).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Has lores and side of forehead whitish, narrow creamy eyering; middle of forehead, crown, nape, hindneck, ear-coverts and neck side warm brown, finely... read more


Song variable, main component “t’chee”, “tch-tee” or “sh-shee”, either repeated on its own several... read more


Brachystegia (miombo) woodland, usually the richer and better-developed types.

Food and feeding

Insects, including many black tree-ants (Formicidae). Occurs singly, in pairs or in family parties. Perches upright on branch and makes... read more


Laying in Sept in DRCongo, Sept–Nov in Zambia and Oct in Malawi; spotted young in Oct in Angola, indicating laying early in rains (... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in C Angola, and uncommon to quite common in DRCongo; generally sparse and local in Zambia, the main centre of its distribution, although... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Böhm's Flycatcher (Bradornis boehmi). 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 30 March 2020).