Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Nimba Flycatcher (Melaenornis annamarulae)


French: Gobemouche du Libéria German: Liberiadrongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas liberiano

Melaenornis annamarulae


, 1970,

Grassfield, Mount Nimba, Liberia




Very locally in SE Sierra Leone (Gola Forest), SE Guinea (Macenta, on Zama Massif), N Liberia and W Ivory Coast, also disjunctly SC Ghana (Atewa Range#R).

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 37–42 g. Plumage is dark blue-grey, slightly paler on throat, flanks and belly; primaries and secondaries black, tail blackish; iris dark brown; bill... read more


Usually silent. Song 5–7 loud, ringing notes, with many variations, ­including... read more


Lowland rainforest. Highest parts of tall trees in primary lowland rainforest (never on slopes) in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, especially large black alate hymenopterans, also small beetles (Coleoptera), and a hairless caterpillar (Lepidoptera) recorded.... read more


Birds with enlarged ovaries in Jul–Aug wet season in Liberia. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Rare to scarce, but easily overlooked. Total range estimated at 122,000 km² and global... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Nimba Flycatcher (Melaenornis annamarulae). 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 23 January 2020).