Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-footed Flycatcher (Muscicapa sethsmithi)


French: Gobemouche à pattes jaunes German: Gelblaufschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas patigualdo

Pedilorhynchus epulatus seth-smithi

van Someren

, 1922,

Budongo Forest, Uganda




SE Nigeria, S Cameroon, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, extreme N & SW Congo (Kouilou, Mayombe), SW Central African Republic (Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, possibly Lobaye), NE & E DRCongo and W Uganda (Budongo Forest).

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 8–10 g. Has head and upperparts, including ear-coverts, side of neck and scapulars, dark bluish slate-grey, very indistinctly streaked on forehead and crown;... read more


Thin and high-pitched. Song 3–5 buzzy notes with overtones. Male’s contact call single short... read more


Primary lowland forest and old secondary growth, typically in new openings and clearings (such as... read more

Food and feeding

Very small flying insects, usually less than 10 mm long (most c. 5 mm), but eats some large flies (Diptera) such as Chrysops, and... read more


Laying in Oct in Nigeria, Dec–Mar and Jun in Cameroon, all months except Jul and Apr and with peaks Aug–Sept (end of long dry... read more


None recorded. Male and female ringed as adults were still on same territory 5 years later.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to frequent or common over its disjunct range. In NE Gabon average density is 8 pairs/km². Has presumably suffered habitat destruction and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Yellow-footed Flycatcher (Muscicapa sethsmithi). 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).