Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Olivaceous Flycatcher (Fraseria olivascens)


French: Gobemouche olivâtre German: Olivschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas oliváceo

Parisoma olivascens


, 1859,

Sette Cama, Gabon


Racial identity of birds W of Ghana (except Mt Nimba) uncertain, tentatively included in nominate; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. o. olivascens (Cassin, 1859) – Common Olivaceous Flycatcher – patchily in SE Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, NW Liberia and S Ivory Coast, and from Ghana (Fanti) E to S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic, S to S & W Congo, also extreme W and E DRCongo (Luki Forest; N Ituri S to Kasai).
  • F. o. nimbae (Colston & Curry-Lindahl, 1986) – Nimba Olivaceous Flycatcher – N Liberia and W Ivory Coast (Mt Nimba).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 13·5–17·6 g. Nominate race is plain olive-brown above, browner on forehead and crown; lores whitish, ear-coverts and neck side greyish olive-brown... read more


    Courtship song is a brief nasal twitter and a longer series of grating and squeaky notes;... read more


    Primary humid lowland forest; in PRCongo also flooded forest. Favours tall forest with almost... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), large flies (Diptera), larval and adult lepidopterans, winged... read more


    Laying in Sept in Nigeria, Dec (also juvenile in Feb and oviduct egg in Oct) in Cameroon, and Jan, Feb, Jun and Aug in NE Gabon; also... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally abundant. Distribution in far W of range (where race involved is uncertain) very patchy; e.g. in S Ivory Coast occurs in Taï... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Olivaceous Flycatcher (Fraseria olivascens). 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).