Old World flycatcher

Old World flycatchers
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Muscicapidae
Genera
many:see text
The Old World flycatchers, Muscicapidae, are a large family of small passerine birds restricted to the Old World. These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, as the name implies, take their prey on the wing.

This article follows Handbook of Birds of the World in including the small chat-like ground feeders previously classed with the Turdidae thrushes in this group.

The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. The nest of most is a well-constructed cup in a tree or hedge.

  • Family: Muscicapidae
    • Genus Empidornis
      • Silverbird, Empidornis semipartitus
    • Genus Bradornis
      • Pale Flycatcher, Bradornis pallidus
      • Chat Flycatcher, Bradornis infuscatus
      • Mariqua Flycatcher, Bradornis mariquensis
      • African Grey Flycatcher, Bradornis microrhynchus
    • Genus Melaenornis
      • Angola Slaty-Flycatcher, Melaenornis brunneus
      • White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Melaenornis fischeri
      • Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher, Melaenornis chocolatinus
      • Northern Black-Flycatcher, Melaenornis edolioides
      • Southern Black-Flycatcher, Melaenornis pammelaina
      • Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Melaenornis ardesiacus
      • Nimba Flycatcher, Melaenornis annamarulae
    • Genus Fraseria
      • African Forest-Flycatcher, Fraseria ocreata
      • White-browed Forest-Flycatcher, Fraseria cinerascens
    • Genus Sigelus
      • Fiscal Flycatcher, Sigelus silens
    • Genus Rhinomyias
      • Buru Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias addita
      • Flores Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias oscillans
      • Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias brunneata
      • Gray-chested Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias umbratilis
      • Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias olivacea
      • Chestnut-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias ruficauda
      • Henna-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias colonus
      • Eyebrowed Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias gularis
      • Rusty-flanked Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias insignis
      • Negros Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias albigularis
      • Mindanao Jungle-Flycatcher, Rhinomyias goodfellowi
    • Genus Muscicapa
      • Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata
      • Gambaga Flycatcher, Muscicapa gambagae
      • Grey-spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa griseisticta
      • Siberian Flycatcher, Muscicapa sibirica
      • Asian Brown Flycatcher, Muscicapa dauurica
      • Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Muscicapa williamsoni
      • Ash-breasted Flycatcher, Muscicapa randi
      • Sumba Brown Flycatcher, Muscicapa segregata
      • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Muscicapa ruficauda
      • Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Muscicapa muttui
      • Ferruginous Flycatcher, Muscicapa ferruginea
      • Ussher's Flycatcher, Muscicapa ussheri
      • Sooty Flycatcher, Muscicapa infuscata
      • Boehm's Flycatcher, Muscicapa boehmi
      • Swamp Flycatcher, Muscicapa aquatica
      • Olivaceous Flycatcher, Muscicapa olivascens
      • Chapins' Flycatcher, Muscicapa lendu
      • African Dusky Flycatcher, Muscicapa adusta
      • Little Gray Flycatcher, Muscicapa epulata
      • Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Muscicapa sethsmithi
      • Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa comitata
      • Tessmann's Flycatcher, Muscicapa tessmanni
      • Cassin's Flycatcher, Muscicapa cassini
      • Ashy Flycatcher, Muscicapa caerulescens
    • Genus Myioparus
      • Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher, Myioparus griseigularis
      • Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Myioparus plumbeus
    • Genus Humblotia
      • Grand Comoro Flycatcher, Humblotia flavirostris
    • Genus Ficedula
      • European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca
      • Atlas Flycatcher, Ficedula speculigera
      • Collared Flycatcher, Ficedula albicollis
      • Semicollared Flycatcher, Ficedula semitorquata
      • Korean Flycatcher, Ficedula zanthopygia
      • Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina
      • Beijing Flycatcher, Ficedula beijingnica
      • Mugimaki Flycatcher, Ficedula mugimaki
      • Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Ficedula hodgsonii
      • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula strophiata
      • Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ficedula parva
      • Kashmir Flycatcher, Ficedula subrubra
      • Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Ficedula hyperythra
      • White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula monileger
      • Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Ficedula solitaris
      • Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Ficedula dumetoria
      • Rufous-throated Flycatcher, Ficedula rufigula
      • Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher, Ficedula buruensis
      • Little Slaty Flycatcher, Ficedula basilanica
      • Sumba Flycatcher, Ficedula harterti
      • Palawan Flycatcher, Ficedula platenae
      • Russet-tailed Flycatcher, Ficedula crypta
      • Furtive Flycatcher, Ficedula disposita
      • Lompobattang Flycatcher, Ficedula bonthaina
      • Little Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula westermanni
      • Ultramarine Flycatcher, Ficedula superciliaris
      • Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Ficedula tricolor
      • Black-and-rufous Flycatcher, Ficedula nigrorufa
      • Sapphire Flycatcher, Ficedula sapphira
      • Black-banded Flycatcher, Ficedula timorensis
    • Genus Cyanoptila
      • Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Cyanoptila cyanomelana
    • Genus Eumyias
      • Verditer Flycatcher, Eumyias thalassina
      • Dull-blue Flycatcher, Eumyias sordida
      • Island Flycatcher, Eumyias panayensis
      • Nilgiri Flycatcher, Eumyias albicaudata
      • Indigo Flycatcher, Eumyias indigo
    • Genus Niltava
      • Large Niltava, Niltava grandis
      • Small Niltava, Niltava macgrigoriae
      • Fujian Niltava, Niltava davidi
      • Rufous-bellied Niltava, Niltava sundara
      • Rufous-vented Niltava, Niltava sumatrana
      • Vivid Niltava, Niltava vivida
    • Genus Cyornis
      • Matinan Flycatcher, Cyornis sanfordi
      • Blue-fronted Flycatcher, Cyornis hoevelli
      • Timor Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis hyacinthinus
      • White-tailed Flycatcher, Cyornis concretus
      • Rueck's Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis ruckii
      • Blue-breasted Flycatcher, Cyornis herioti
      • Hainan Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis hainanus
      • White-bellied Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis pallipes
      • Pale-chinned Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis poliogenys
      • Pale Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis unicolor
      • Blue-throated Flycatcher, Cyornis rubeculoides
      • Hill Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis banyumas
      • Long-billed Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis caerulatus
      • Malaysian Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis turcosus
      • Palawan Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis lemprieri
      • Bornean Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis superbus
      • Tickell's Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae
      • Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis rufigastra
      • Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher, Cyornis omissus
    • Genus Muscicapella
      • Pygmy Blue-Flycatcher, Muscicapella hodgsoni
    • Genus Culicicapa
      • Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Culicicapa ceylonensis
      • Citrine Canary-flycatcher, Culicicapa helianthea
    • Genus Horizorhinus
      • Dohrn's Flycatcher, Horizorhinus dohrni
    • Genus Luscinia
      • Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica
      • Siberian Rubythroat, Luscinia calliope
      • Thrush Nightingale, Luscinia luscinia
      • Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos
      • Indian Bluechat, Luscinia brunneus
      • White-tailed Rubythroat, Luscinia pectoralis
      • Rufous-headed Robin, Luscinia ruficeps
      • Black-throated Blue Robin, Luscinia obscura
      • Firethroat, Luscinia pectardens
      • Siberian Blue Robin, Luscinia cyanea
    • Genus Tarsiger
      • Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus
      • Golden Bush-Robin, Tarsiger chrysaeus
      • White-browed Bush-Robin, Tarsiger indicus
      • Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin, Tarsiger hyperythrus
      • Collared Bush-Robin, Tarsiger johnstoniae
    • Genus Erithacus
    • Genus Irania
    • Genus Saxicola
      • Stonechat, Saxicola torquatus
      • Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
      • Fuerteventura Chat, Saxicola dacotiae
      • White-browed Bushchat, Saxicola macrorhyncha
      • White-throated Bushchat, Saxicola insignis
      • African Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
      • Reunion Stonechat, Saxicola tectes
      • White-tailed Stonechat, Saxicola leucura
      • Pied Bushchat, Saxicola caprata
      • Jerdon's Bushchat, Saxicola jerdoni
      • Gray Bushchat, Saxicola ferrea
      • Timor Bushchat, Saxicola gutturalis
      • Buff-streaked Chat, Saxicola bifasciata
    • Genus Pogonocichla
      • White-starred Robin, Pogonocichla stellata
    • Genus Swynnertonia
      • Swynnerton's Robin, Swynnertonia swynnertoni
    • Genus Stiphrornis
      • Forest Robin, Stiphrornis erythrothorax
    • Genus Xenocopsychus
      • Angola Cave-Chat, Xenocopsychus ansorgei
    • Genus Saxicoloides
      • Indian Robin, Saxicoloides fulicata
    • Genus Cinclidium
      • White-tailed Robin, Cinclidium leucurum
      • Sunda Robin, Cinclidium diana
      • Blue-fronted Robin, Cinclidium frontale
    • Genus Grandala
      • Grandala, Grandala coelicolor
    • Genus Namibornis
      • Herero Chat, Namibornis herero
    • Genus Cercomela
      • Sicklewing Chat, Cercomela sinuata
      • Karoo Chat, Cercomela schlegelii
      • Tractrac Chat, Cercomela tractrac
      • Familiar Chat, Cercomela familiaris
      • Brown-tailed Chat, Cercomela scotocerca
      • Indian Chat, Cercomela fusca
      • Sombre Chat, Cercomela dubia
      • Blackstart, Cercomela melanura
      • Moorland Chat, Cercomela sordida
    • Genus Myrmecocichla
      • Congo Moorchat, Myrmecocichla tholloni
      • Northern Anteater-Chat, Myrmecocichla aethiops
      • Southern Anteater-Chat, Myrmecocichla formicivora
      • Sooty Chat, Myrmecocichla nigra
      • Rueppell's Chat, Myrmecocichla melaena
      • White-fronted Black-Chat, Myrmecocichla albifrons
      • White-headed Black-Chat, Myrmecocichla arnotti
    • Genus Thamnolaea
      • Mocking Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
      • White-winged Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea semirufa
    • Genus Pinarornis
      • Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus
    • Genus Sheppardia, akalats
      • Bocage's Akalat, Sheppardia bocagei
      • Lowland Akalat, Sheppardia cyornithopsis
      • Equatorial Akalat, Sheppardia aequatorialis
      • Sharpe's Akalat, Sheppardia sharpei
      • East Coast Akalat, Sheppardia gunningi
      • Gabela Akalat, Sheppardia gabela
      • Usambara Akalat, Sheppardia montana
      • Iringa Akalat, Sheppardia lowei
    • Genus Cossyphicula , robin-chats
      • White-bellied Robin-Chat, Cossyphicula roberti
      • Mountain Robin-Chat, Cossypha isabellae
      • Archer's Robin-Chat, Cossypha archeri
      • Olive-flanked Robin-Chat, Cossypha anomala
      • Cape Robin-Chat, Cossypha caffra
      • White-throated Robin-Chat, Cossypha humeralis
      • Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Cossypha cyanocampter
      • Gray-winged Robin-Chat, Cossypha polioptera
      • Rueppell's Robin-Chat, Cossypha semirufa
      • White-browed Robin-Chat, Cossypha heuglini
      • Red-capped Robin-Chat, Cossypha natalensis
      • Chorister Robin-Chat, Cossypha dichroa
      • White-headed Robin-Chat, Cossypha heinrichi
      • Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Cossypha niveicapilla
      • White-crowned Robin-Chat, Cossypha albicapilla
    • Genus Cichladusa, palm-thrushes
      • Collared Palm-Thrush, Cichladusa arquata
      • Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush, Cichladusa ruficauda
      • Spotted Morning-Thrush, Cichladusa guttata
    • Genus Cercotrichas, the scrub-robins or bush-chats
      • Forest Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas leucosticta
      • Bearded Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas quadrivirgata
      • Miombo Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas barbata
      • Brown Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas signata
      • Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas hartlaubi
      • Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas leucophrys
      • Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin or Rufous Bush Chat, Cercotrichas galactotes
      • Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas paena
      • African Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas minor
      • Karoo Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas coryphaeus
      • Black Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas podobe
    • Genus Copsychus, magpie-robins or shamas
      • Madagascar Magpie-Robin, Copsychus albospecularis
      • Oriental Magpie-Robin, Copsychus saularis
      • White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus
      • Seychelles Magpie-Robin, Copsychus sechellarum
      • White-browed Shama, Copsychus luzoniensis
      • White-vented Shama, Copsychus niger
      • Black Shama, Copsychus cebuensis
    • Genus Trichixos, shamas
      • Rufous-tailed Shama, Trichixos pyrropyga
    • Genus Phoenicurus, redstarts
      • Ala Shan Redstart, Phoenicurus alaschanicus
      • Rufous-backed Redstart, Phoenicurus erythronota
      • Blue-capped Redstart, Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus
      • Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros
      • Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus
      • Hodgson's Redstart, Phoenicurus hodgsoni
      • White-throated Redstart, Phoenicurus schisticeps
      • Daurian Redstart, Phoenicurus auroreus
      • Moussier's Redstart, Phoenicurus moussieri
      • White-winged Redstart, Phoenicurus erythrogaster
      • Blue-fronted Redstart, Phoenicurus frontalis
    • Genus Chaimarrornis, redstarts
      • White-capped Redstart, Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
    • Genus Rhyacornis, redstarts
      • Plumbeous Redstart, Rhyacornis fuliginosus
      • Luzon Redstart, Rhyacornis bicolor
    • Genus Hodgsonius, redstarts
      • White-bellied Redstart, Hodgsonius phaenicuroides
    • Genus Enicurus, forktails
      • Little Forktail, Enicurus scouleri
      • Sunda Forktail, Enicurus velatus
      • Chestnut-naped Forktail, Enicurus ruficapillus
      • Black-backed Forktail, Enicurus immaculatus
      • Slaty-backed Forktail, Enicurus schistaceus
      • White-crowned Forktail, Enicurus leschenaulti
      • Spotted Forktail, Enicurus maculatus
    • Genus Cochoa, cochoas
      • Purple Cochoa, Cochoa purpurea
      • Green Cochoa, Cochoa viridis
      • Sumatran Cochoa, Cochoa beccarii
      • Javan Cochoa, Cochoa azurea
    • Genus Oenanthe, wheatears
      • Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
      • Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
      • Desert Wheatear, Oenanthe deserti
      • Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
      • Pied Wheatear, Oenanthe pleschanka
      • Cyprus Wheatear, Oenanthe cypriaca
      • Finsch's Wheatear, Oenanthe finscii
      • Mourning Wheatear, Oenanthe lugens
      • Hooded Wheatear, Oenanthe monacha
      • White-crowned Wheatear, Oenanthe leucopyga
      • Black Wheatear, Oenanthe leucura
      • Persian Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna
      • Red-rumped Wheatear, Oenanthe moesta
      • Hume's Wheatear, Oenanthe alboniger
      • Black Wheatear, Oenanthe leucura
      • Mountain Wheatear, Oenanthe monticola
      • Somali Wheatear, Oenanthe phillipsi
      • Variable Wheatear, Oenanthe picata
      • Red-tailed Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna
      • Capped Wheatear, Oenanthe pileata
      • Red-breasted Wheatear, Oenanthe bottae
      • Heuglin's Wheatear, Oenanthe heuglini

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