Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Grey Tit-flycatcher (Fraseria plumbea)


Taxonomy

French: Gobemouche mésange German: Meisenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas carbonero
Taxonomy:

Stenostira plumbea

Hartlaub

, 1858,

Casamance River, Senegal

.

Along with F. griseigularis, formerly placed in Parisoma (now subsumed into Sylvia, which see), until spotted juvenile plumage of present species was described. Proposed race grandior (SW Zambia) indistinguishable from catoleuca. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. p. plumbea (Hartlaub, 1858) – Senegal and Gambia, SW Mali, Guinea (and possibly Guinea-Bissau), Sierra Leone and Liberia (at least coastal regions) E to Cameroon, S Chad, W & C Central African Republic, South Sudan and SW Ethiopia, S to Gabon, W & SW Congo, C & E DRCongo, W Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania (S to Biharamulo and Kibondo).
  • F. p. orientalis (Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) – SE Kenya and E Tanzania S to S Malawi, N, E & SE Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and NE South Africa (E Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal).
  • F. p. catoleuca (Reichenow, 1900) – W & NE Angola and from SE DRCongo (Katanga), N Malawi and SE Tanzania (Sumbawanga to Iringa and Dodoma) S to NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Botswana, W & C Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (W Limpopo, Gauteng and North West Provinces).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 10–16 g. Nominate race has head, neck side, upperparts and scapulars slate-grey, lores blackish slate, supraloral line and eyering white; upperwing dark to... read more

    Voice

    Song a mournful, quavering “pee-lee-peeerr” or “peely-peeerr”; in Gabon notes rise in pitch, in S... read more

    Habitat

    Secondary forest, edges of primary forest, gallery forest, clearings and regenerating forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet insects, mainly beetles (Coleoptera), also moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), ants (Hymenoptera) and... read more

    Breeding

    Laying in Mar and Dec in Nigeria, Feb–Aug in Cameroon, Aug in Rwanda, Mar–Apr (and nest-building in May) in Kenya, Aug and Oct... read more

    Movements

    Apparently entirely sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare or scarce to locally common. Average density 1·8 pairs/km² in NE Gabon; population in S Mozambique estimated at more than 5000 individuals.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). Grey Tit-flycatcher (Fraseria plumbea). 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/59045 on 18 September 2019).