Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus)


French: Gobemouche de Berlioz German: Gelbaugen-Drongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Berlioz

Meloenornis [sic] ardesiaca


, 1936,

Mbwahi, west of Lake Kivu, c. 2000 m, DRCongo


Genus name is masculine, species name is adjective, so, despite original spelling, species name must be corrected to masculine form. Monotypic.


Mountain forests of Albertine Rift in SW Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest), W Rwanda, Burundi and E DRCongo (W of L Edward to Ruzizi area, and Itombwe Highlands to N end of L Tanganyika).

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; 26–35 g. Chin, lores and forehead are blackish; plumage otherwise entirely dark blue-grey, slightly paler on belly and flanks, with primaries and secondaries... read more


Calls a rasping “raap, raap” and harsh “tch-tchec”.


Edges of primary and secondary forest and forest clearings; also at bottoms and on slopes of open... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Solitary or in pairs, or in family groups of 3–4 birds; does... read more


Jan–Apr in DRCongo. Monogamous; territorial. Nest a loosely built cup of two types of soft green moss, lined with fine stems and... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Fairly common in Uganda; frequent and locally common in DRCongo. No information... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus). 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).