Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Ashy Flycatcher (Muscicapa caerulescens) - HBW 11, p. 120

French: Gobemouche à lunettes German: Hartlaubschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Cenizo
Other common names: Blue-grey Flycatcher, Ashy/Blue-grey Alseonax

Taxonomy: Butalis caerulescens Hartlaub, 1865, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nigrorum (Collin & E. J. O. Hartert, 1927) - SE Guinea (Macenta area), Sierra Leone, Liberia, SW Ivory Coast, S Ghana and SW Togo (Misahöhe).
  • brevicauda Ogilvie-Grant, 1907 - N Benin (Pendjari National Park), possibly extreme E Burkina Faso, and S Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S Sudan, S & W Uganda and W Kenya (Kakamega), S to NW Angola (S to Cuanza Sul) and S DRCongo.
  • cinereola Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870 - S Somalia, Kenya (E of Rift) and E Tanzania.

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  • nigrorum (Collin & E. J. O. Hartert, 1927) - SE Guinea (Macenta area), Sierra Leone, Liberia, SW Ivory Coast, S Ghana and SW Togo (Misahöhe).
  • brevicauda Ogilvie-Grant, 1907 - N Benin (Pendjari National Park), possibly extreme E Burkina Faso, and S Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S Sudan, S & W Uganda and W Kenya (Kakamega), S to NW Angola (S to Cuanza Sul) and S DRCongo.
  • cinereola Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870 - S Somalia, Kenya (E of Rift) and E Tanzania.
  • impavida Clancey, 1957 - C & SW Angola (Lunda Norte S to Huíla, Namibe and Cunene) E to S DRCongo (Shaba), W Tanzania and N Mozambique, S to N Namibia (including Caprivi), N Botswana, and Zimbabwe (except SE).
  • vulturna Clancey, 1957 - S Malawi, C Mozambique (S to R Limpopo), SE Zimbabwe, N South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces) and N Swaziland.
  • caerulescens (Hartlaub, 1865) - S Mozambique, S Swaziland, and E South Africa (N KwaZulu-Natal S to R Great Fish, in Eastern Cape Province).