Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Cassin's Flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini)


Taxonomy

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

Muscicapa cassini

Heine

, 1860,

#R, Sette Cama, Gabon

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59033 on 20 August 2019).