Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Forest-flycatcher (Fraseria cinerascens)


French: Gobemouche à sourcils blancs German: Brauenwaldschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas cejiblanco

Fraseria cinerascens


, 1857,

Ashanti, Ghana


This species and F. ocreata are traditionally viewed as a species group, but they differ significantly in habits and voice, and genetic data disprove a very close relationship#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. c. cinerascens Hartlaub, 1857 – SW Senegal and Gambia (Gambia and Basse Casamance), Guinea-Bissau (except NE), W Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and S Ghana.
  • F. c. ruthae Dickerman, 1994 – S Benin (Lokoli Forest#R), SW, S & C Nigeria, S Cameroon and S Central African Republic S to N Angola (Cabinda SE to Lunda Norte) and C DRCongo (E to upper Uele, Ituri and Kasai).
  • Undetermined race in NC Togo (Fazao-Malfakassa National Park#R).

    Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 13–24·5 g (ruthae). Male nominate race has head and upperparts dark sooty grey, lores darker, pure white supraloral spot extending backwards as... read more


    Rather quiet and unobtrusive. Song a series of drawn-out, high-pitched, thin, trilled, almost... read more


    Lowland riparian evergreen forest at rivers, lagoons and creeks, including seasonally flooded... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly arthropods, predominantly insects, including moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants and wasps (Hymenoptera... read more


    Recorded May and Sept in Senegal and Gambia, Jan and Apr–May in Ghana, Feb and Apr (and male with enlarged testes in Nov) in Nigeria... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to abundant throughout range; not uncommon in S extreme of range, in N Angola. Average density of 7 pairs/km of linear riverbank and 70... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). White-browed Forest-flycatcher (Fraseria cinerascens). 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 18 September 2019).