Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Chapin's Flycatcher (Fraseria lendu)


French: Gobemouche de Chapin German: Lenduschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Chapin

Alseonax lendu


, 1932,

Djuga, Lendu Plateau, 5500 feet [c. 1680 m], north-east DRCongo


Has been thought to represent a hybrid between F. olivascens and Muscicapa aquatica, but is a distinct species. Race itombwensis sometimes considered a separate species on basis mainly of its more pointed wing. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. l. lendu (Chapin, 1932) – Chapin's Flycatcher – NE DRCongo (Lendu Plateau), SW Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) and W Kenya (Kakamega Forest, North Nandi Forest).
  • F. l. itombwensis (Prigogine, 1957) – Itombwe Flycatcher – E DRCongo (Itombwe Mts).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm. Nominate race is warm olive-brown above; lores and eyering dusky greyish, with narrow pale grey-white ­supral­oral line; ear-coverts as upperparts,... read more


    Thin, soft “tsseet, tsseet” and short, buzzy trill, difficult to hear.


    Dense montane forest, from 1470 m to 2150 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects; no details available. Found in pairs or in groups of up to four individuals; joins mixed-species foraging flocks. Inhabits canopy... read more


    Breeds in Mar–Sept (and may lay also in Jan–Feb) in E DRCongo (Itombwe Mts). One nest, probably of this species, was a bulky... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA and in Kakamega and Nandi Forests Secondary Areas. Poorly known; appears to be rare throughout... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). Chapin's Flycatcher (Fraseria lendu). 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 6 December 2019).