Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Gambaga Flycatcher (Muscicapa gambagae)


French: Gobemouche de Gambaga German: Gambagaschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas gambaga

Alseonax gambagæ


, 1901,

Gambaga, Ghana


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with M. striata. Monotypic.


Patchily C Guinea (Upper Niger National Park#R), Liberia (Yekepa/Nimba), C Mali (S Gourma, Dogon Plateau), NE Ivory Coast, N Ghana, N Togo, C & E Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad, W Sudan, S South Sudan, W Ethiopia (Gambela, Bonga, Welkite, Arsi Negele), NW Somalia (Mt Wagar), extreme NE DRCongo (Aba, Dramba), Uganda (Budongo, Gula, Labwor), Kenya, and SW Arabian Peninsula (Hejaz S to Aden); non-breeding or vagrant to Djibouti.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 12–14 g. Has forehead, crown and upperparts brown, faintly streaked dark on crown; lores and eyering creamy, ear-coverts brown; remiges brown, primaries... read more


Mostly silent. Call an arresting, repeated “chik”, sharper than that of M. striata... read more


Woodland, usually dry, and sometimes thick and with open grassy patches, acacia (Acacia)... read more

Food and feeding

Takes insects. Occurs singly or in pairs. Perches upright on branches, usually in open, generally at middle levels of trees. No information... read more


Breeds in Mar (also in breeding condition in Apr) in NE Nigeria and N Cameroon, and in Mar in Kenya; spotted young in W Sudan in Jul and in... read more


Resident and partial short-distance migrant. After breeding, many move a few degrees S (to at least... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Distribution fragmented; possibly widely overlooked owing to confusion with M. striata. Regarded as rare to uncommon in most areas; rare in... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Gambaga Flycatcher (Muscicapa gambagae). 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 28 February 2020).