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African Dusky Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies pumila. Photo © by THE_FERN. Aberdares National Park Kenya, November 2021

Alternative names: Dusky Alseonax; Dusky-brown Flycatcher

Muscicapa adusta


At only 100-111 mm it is a relatively small flycatcher. It has a short tail which gives it a characteristic dumpy appearance. The adults are plain brown above with a grey-brown underside. The only facial marking is an indistinct narrow eye-ring.


Most of sub-saharan Africa
Western Africa: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, eSwatini
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)

Photo © by Mybs
Cedarberg Wilderness area, 200 km's from Cape Town, South Africa March 2005




This is a highland species which is typically found along forest edges and in wooded areas (including gardens).


They hawk for flying insects


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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