Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Ussher's Flycatcher (Bradornis ussheri)


Taxonomy

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

Artomyias ussheri

Sharpe

, 1871,

Abrobonko, Fanti, Ghana

.

See remarks under B. fuliginosus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59042 on 17 September 2019).