Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Ussher's Flycatcher (Bradornis ussheri)


French: Gobemouche d’Ussher German: Schwalbenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Ussher

Artomyias ussheri


, 1871,

Abrobonko, Fanti, Ghana


See remarks under B. fuliginosus. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone (except NW), NW, SW & SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and S Ghana (E to Aburi). Records from S Togo and S Nigeria doubtful#R.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–20g. Has long, pointed wings and slightly forked tail, giving appearance rather like that of a martin (Riparia). Plumage is very dark brown or... read more


Mostly silent. Song a short, simple, pleasant whistled phrase, repeated regularly. Calls include “... read more


Recorded from clearings in lowland forest, forest edge, gallery forest in derived savanna, tall... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects. Occurs in pairs or in small groups of 3–5 individuals; this species or B. fuliginosus has been seen in mixed-... read more


In Ivory Coast, adult seen on nest 18 m up in dead tree at edge of main clearing in Oct, and juveniles seen mostly in Jul–Aug but... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to rare. Widespread and frequent in Sierra Leone, and abundant throughout Liberia. One of the commonest flycatchers in... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Ussher's Flycatcher (Bradornis ussheri). 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 25 February 2020).