Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Tessmann's Flycatcher (Fraseria tessmanni)


French: Gobemouche de Tessmann German: Tessmannschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Tessmann

Pedilorhynchus tessmanni


, 1907,

Alén, Río Benito, Equatorial Guinea




Locally in Sierra Leone (Gola Forest), SE Liberia, Ivory Coast, SW Ghana, Nigeria, S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, S Congo (Mayombe) and NE DRCongo (Ituri from Panga to Avakubi).

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Has head, neck side and upperparts dark bluish-slate, faint dark streaking on forehead and crown, slightly paler ear-coverts; sometimes a broad paler ring of feathers... read more


Song a medley of weak but quite sweet notes interspersed with buzzy notes, usually begins with... read more


Recorded from secondary forest, small gaps in primary forest, very disturbed forest, forest edge,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet recorded as insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera). Occurs at middle levels (5–20 m). No other information, but the... read more


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reportedly rare throughout range, although locally common in some areas, e.g. in and around Bia National Park, W Ghana, at a number... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Tessmann's Flycatcher (Fraseria tessmanni). 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 April 2020).