Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Cassin's Flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini)


French: Gobemouche de Cassin German: Cassinschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Cassin

Muscicapa cassini


, 1860,

#R, Sette Cama, Gabon




Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana E to W Uganda, S to N Angola, CS & SE DRCongo and extreme NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–19 g. Male has head and upperparts, including ear-coverts and neck side, bluish slate-grey, forehead and crown slightly streaked darker, lores paler grey;... read more


Song a pleasant medley of high-pitched chirps, whistles, trills, chips and buzzes, in phrases... read more


Occurs only in forest vegetation along watercourses, mainly in lowlands but in Uganda to 1800 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mostly flying insects, especially flies (Diptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), also mayflies (... read more


Breeds in Mar and Nov in Liberia, Jan and Apr–May in Nigeria, Jul and Oct–Mar (mainly in dry season) in Cameroon, Nov–Mar... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and generally considered to be uncommon to common throughout range. Frequent to locally abundant in Gabon, where in NE recorded density of... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Cassin's Flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini). 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).