Muscicapidae – Chats, Old World Flycatchers

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) by Nikhil Devasar

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) by Nikhil Devasar

In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Muscicapidae – Chats, Old World Flycatchers

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Species (330)

White-tailed Alethe (Alethe diademata)
Fire-crested Alethe (Alethe castanea)
Karoo Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas coryphoeus)
Forest Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas leucosticta)
Bearded Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata)
Miombo Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas barbata)
Black Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas podobe)
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)
Kalahari Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas paena)
Brown-backed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas hartlaubi)
White-browed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas leucophrys)
Brown Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas signata)
Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus)
Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis)
Rufous-tailed Shama (Copsychus pyrropygus)
Madagascan Magpie-Robin (Copsychus albospecularis)
Seychelles Magpie-Robin (Copsychus sechellarum)
Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis)
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Andaman Shama (Copsychus albiventris)
White-crowned Shama (Copsychus stricklandii)
White-browed Shama (Copsychus luzoniensis)
White-vented Shama (Copsychus niger)
Black Shama (Copsychus cebuensis)
Fraser’s Forest Flycatcher (Fraseria ocreata)
White-browed Forest Flycatcher (Fraseria cinerascens)
Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher (Myioparus griseigularis)
Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Myioparus plumbeus)
Angolan Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis brunneus)
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri)
Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis chocolatinus)
Nimba Flycatcher (Melaenornis annamarulae)
Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus)
Northern Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis edolioides)
Southern Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis pammelaina)
Pale Flycatcher (Melaenornis pallidus)
Chat Flycatcher (Melaenornis infuscatus)
African Grey Flycatcher (Melaenornis microrhynchus)
Marico Flycatcher (Melaenornis mariquensis)
Fiscal Flycatcher (Melaenornis silens)
Silverbird (Empidornis semipartitus)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Mediterranean Flycatcher (Muscicapa tyrrhenica)
Gambaga Flycatcher (Muscicapa gambagae)
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)
Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii)
Brown-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa williamsoni)
Ashy-breasted Flycatcher (Muscicapa randi)
Sumba Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa segregata)
Brown-breasted Flycatcher (Muscicapa muttui)
Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea)
Ashy Flycatcher (Muscicapa caerulescens)
Swamp Flycatcher (Muscicapa aquatica)
Cassin’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini)
Olivaceous Flycatcher (Muscicapa olivascens)
Chapin’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa lendu)
Itombwe Flycatcher (Muscicapa itombwensis)
African Dusky Flycatcher (Muscicapa adusta)
Little Grey Flycatcher (Muscicapa epulata)
Yellow-footed Flycatcher (Muscicapa sethsmithi)
Dusky-blue Flycatcher (Muscicapa comitata)
Tessmann’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa tessmanni)
Sooty Flycatcher (Muscicapa infuscata)
Ussher’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa ussheri)
Böhm’s Flycatcher (Muscicapa boehmi)
White-gorgeted Flycatcher (Anthipes monileger)
Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Anthipes solitaris)
Hainan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hainanus)
Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor)
Rück’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis ruckii)
Blue-breasted Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis herioti)
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis pallidipes)
Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis poliogenys)
Hill Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis whitei)
Javan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis banyumas)
Large Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris)
Palawan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis lemprieri)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)
Indochinese Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis sumatrensis)
Sunda Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis caerulatus)
Bornean Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis superbus)
Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis rubeculoides)
Chinese Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis glaucicomans)
Malaysian Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis turcosus)
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra)
Tanahjampea Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis djampeanus)
Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)
Timor Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hyacinthinus)
Blue-fronted Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hoevelli)
Matinan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis sanfordi)
White-tailed Flycatcher (Cyornis concretus)
Russet-backed Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis oscillans)
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis brunneatus)
Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis nicobaricus)
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis olivaceus)
Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis umbratilis)
Rufous-tailed Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis ruficauda)
Sula Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis colonus)
Banggai Jungle Flycatcher (Cyornis pelingensis)
Fujian Niltava (Niltava davidi)
Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara)
Rufous-vented Niltava (Niltava sumatrana)
Vivid Niltava (Niltava vivida)
Large Niltava (Niltava grandis)
Small Niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae)
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)
Zappey’s Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cumatilis)
Dull-blue Flycatcher (Eumyias sordidus)
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)
Turquoise Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis)
Nilgiri Flycatcher (Eumyias albicaudatus)
Indigo Flycatcher (Eumyias indigo)
Streak-breasted Jungle Flycatcher (Eumyias additus)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Red-throated Alethe (Chamaetylas poliophrys)
Brown-chested Alethe (Chamaetylas poliocephala)
White-chested Alethe (Chamaetylas fuelleborni)
Thyolo Alethe (Chamaetylas choloensis)
White-bellied Robin-Chat (Cossyphicula roberti)
Mountain Robin-Chat (Cossypha isabellae)
Archer’s Ground Robin (Cossypha archeri)
Olive-flanked Ground Robin (Cossypha anomala)
Cape Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra)
White-throated Robin-Chat (Cossypha humeralis)
Angolan Cave Chat (Cossypha ansorgei)
Grey-winged Robin-Chat (Cossypha polioptera)
Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat (Cossypha cyanocampter)
Rüppell’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 albicapillus)
Swynnerton’s Robin (Swynnertonia swynnertoni)
White-starred Robin (Pogonocichla stellata)
Forest Robin (Stiphrornis erythrothorax)
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)
Rubeho Akalat (Sheppardia aurantiithorax)
Usambara Akalat (Sheppardia montana)
Iringa Akalat (Sheppardia lowei)
Collared Palm Thrush (Cichladusa arquata)
Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda)
Spotted Palm Thrush (Cichladusa guttata)
Great Shortwing (Heinrichia calligyna)
Bagobo Babbler (Leonardina woodi)
Gould’s Shortwing (Heteroxenicus stellatus)
Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra)
Lesser Shortwing (Brachypteryx leucophris)
Himalayan Shortwing (Brachypteryx cruralis)
Chinese Shortwing (Brachypteryx sinensis)
Taiwan Shortwing (Brachypteryx goodfellowi)
White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana)
Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher (Vauriella gularis)
White-throated Jungle Flycatcher (Vauriella albigularis)
White-browed Jungle Flycatcher (Vauriella insignis)
Slaty-backed Jungle Flycatcher (Vauriella goodfellowi)
Indian Blue Robin (Larvivora brunnea)
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane)
Rufous-tailed Robin (Larvivora sibilans)
Rufous-headed Robin (Larvivora ruficeps)
Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori)
Japanese Robin (Larvivora akahige)
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
White-bellied Redstart (Luscinia phaenicuroides)
Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia)
Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
White-throated Robin (Irania gutturalis)
Himalayan Rubythroat (Calliope pectoralis)
Chinese Rubythroat (Calliope tschebaiewi)
Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope)
Firethroat (Calliope pectardens)
Blackthroat (Calliope obscura)
White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura)
Sunda Robin (Myiomela diana)
Nilgiri Blue Robin (Sholicola major)
White-bellied Blue Robin (Sholicola albiventris)
White-browed Bush Robin (Tarsiger indicus)
Rufous-breasted Bush Robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus)
Collared Bush Robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae)
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)
Himalayan Bluetail (Tarsiger rufilatus)
Golden Bush Robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus)
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)
Bornean Forktail (Enicurus borneensis)
Spotted Forktail (Enicurus maculatus)
Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush (Myophonus blighi)
Shiny Whistling Thrush (Myophonus melanurus)
Javan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus glaucinus)
Bornean Whistling Thrush (Myophonus borneensis)
Brown-winged Whistling Thrush (Myophonus castaneus)
Malayan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus robinsoni)
Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)
Taiwan Whistling Thrush (Myophonus insularis)
Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)
Blue-fronted Robin (Cinclidium frontale)
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher (Ficedula ruficauda)
European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Atlas Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula speculigera)
Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)
Semicollared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)
Green-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula elisae)
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
Slaty-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula hodgsonii)
Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria)
Tanimbar Flycatcher (Ficedula riedeli)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata)
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)
Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)
Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra)
Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra)
Little Slaty Flycatcher (Ficedula basilanica)
Rufous-throated Flycatcher (Ficedula rufigula)
Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula buruensis)
Damar Flycatcher (Ficedula henrici)
Sumba Flycatcher (Ficedula harterti)
Palawan Flycatcher (Ficedula platenae)
Cryptic Flycatcher (Ficedula crypta)
Bundok Flycatcher (Ficedula luzoniensis)
Furtive Flycatcher (Ficedula disposita)
Lompobattang Flycatcher (Ficedula bonthaina)
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Ultramarine Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris)
Slaty-blue Flycatcher (Ficedula tricolor)
Sapphire Flycatcher (Ficedula sapphira)
Black-and-orange Flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa)
Black-banded Flycatcher (Ficedula timorensis)
Pygmy Flycatcher (Muscicapella hodgsoni)
Przevalski’s Redstart (Phoenicurus alaschanicus)
Eversmann’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus)
Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus coeruleocephala)
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)
Güldenstädt’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)
Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis)
Plumbeous Water Redstart (Phoenicurus fuliginosus)
Luzon Water Redstart (Phoenicurus bicolor)
White-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus leucocephalus)
White-winged Cliff Chat (Monticola semirufus)
Cape Rock Thrush (Monticola rupestris)
Sentinel Rock Thrush (Monticola explorator)
Short-toed Rock Thrush (Monticola brevipes)
Miombo Rock Thrush (Monticola angolensis)
Common Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
Little Rock Thrush (Monticola rufocinereus)
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris)
Blue-capped Rock Thrush (Monticola cinclorhyncha)
White-throated Rock Thrush (Monticola gularis)
Littoral Rock Thrush (Monticola imerina)
Forest Rock Thrush (Monticola sharpei)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
White-browed Bush Chat (Saxicola macrorhynchus)
White-throated Bush Chat (Saxicola insignis)
Canary Islands Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae)
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)
Stejneger’s Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)
African Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
Madagascan Stonechat (Saxicola sibilla)
Reunion Stonechat (Saxicola tectes)
White-tailed Stonechat (Saxicola leucurus)
Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata)
Jerdon’s Bush Chat (Saxicola jerdoni)
Grey Bush Chat (Saxicola ferreus)
White-bellied Bush Chat (Saxicola gutturalis)
Buff-streaked Chat (Campicoloides bifasciatus)
Sickle-winged Chat (Emarginata sinuata)
Karoo Chat (Emarginata schlegelii)
Tractrac Chat (Emarginata tractrac)
Moorland Chat (Pinarochroa sordida)
Mocking Cliff Chat (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris)
White-crowned Cliff Chat (Thamnolaea coronata)
Sooty Chat (Myrmecocichla nigra)
Anteater Chat (Myrmecocichla aethiops)
Congo Moor Chat (Myrmecocichla tholloni)
Ant-eating Chat (Myrmecocichla formicivora)
Rüppell’s Black Chat (Myrmecocichla melaena)
Mountain Wheatear (Myrmecocichla monticola)
Arnot’s Chat (Myrmecocichla arnotti)
Ruaha Chat (Myrmecocichla collaris)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata)
Red-breasted Wheatear (Oenanthe bottae)
Heuglin’s Wheatear (Oenanthe heuglini)
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
Hooded Wheatear (Oenanthe monacha)
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica)
Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca)
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)
White-fronted Black Chat (Oenanthe albifrons)
Somali Wheatear (Oenanthe phillipsi)
Red-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe moesta)
Blackstart (Oenanthe melanura)
Familiar Chat (Oenanthe familiaris)
Brown-tailed Rock Chat (Oenanthe scotocerca)
Sombre Rock Chat (Oenanthe dubia)
Brown Rock Chat (Oenanthe fusca)
Variable Wheatear (Oenanthe picata)
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)
Abyssinian Wheatear (Oenanthe lugubris)
White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga)
Hume’s Wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra)
Finsch’s Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)
Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)
Arabian Wheatear (Oenanthe lugentoides)
Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna)
Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)
Boulder Chat (Pinarornis plumosus)
Herero Chat (Namibornis herero)
Humblot’s Flycatcher (Humblotia flavirostris)


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The Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae is a large family of small passerine birds mostly restricted to the Old World (Europe, Africa and Asia). These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, as the name implies, take their prey on the wing.

The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. They are small to medium birds, ranging from 9 to 22 centimetres in length. Many species are a dull brown in color  but the plumage of some can be much brighter, especially in the males. Most have broad flattened bills suited to catching insects in flight, although the few ground foraging species typically have finer bills.

Old World flycatchers live in almost every environment with a suitable supply of trees, from dense forest to open scrub, and even the montane woodland of the Himalayas. The more northerly species migrate south in winter, ensuring a continuous diet of insects.

Depending on the species, their nests are either well-constructed cups placed in a tree or cliff ledge, or simply lining in a pre-existing tree hole. The hole-nesting species tend to lay larger clutches, with an average of eight eggs, rather than just two to five. (Info from Wikipedia)

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