Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) - HBW 11, p. 162

French: Gobemouche à tête grise German: Graukopfschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Cabecigrís
Other common names: Grey-headed Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Platyrhynchus Ceylonensis Swainson, 1820, Sri Lanka.
Affinities unclear; some DNA studies have suggested that genus belongs with the Australasian robins in family Petroicidae. Racial identity of birds on Sumbawa and Lomblen (Lesser Sundas) uncertain, provisionally included in sejuncta. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • calochrysea Oberholser, 1923 - Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) and Kashmir E to NE, C & CE India, Bangladesh, C & S China, Myanmar (except S Tenasserim), Thailand (except SW & S) and N & C Indochina; non-breeding from C & S Pakistan (Indus Valley) through plains of N & C India to S China and Indochina.
  • ceylonensis (Swainson, 1820) - SW India and Sri Lanka.
  • antioxantha Oberholser, 1923 - S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), SW & S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.

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  • calochrysea Oberholser, 1923 - Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) and Kashmir E to NE, C & CE India, Bangladesh, C & S China, Myanmar (except S Tenasserim), Thailand (except SW & S) and N & C Indochina; non-breeding from C & S Pakistan (Indus Valley) through plains of N & C India to S China and Indochina.
  • ceylonensis (Swainson, 1820) - SW India and Sri Lanka.
  • antioxantha Oberholser, 1923 - S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), SW & S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.
  • sejuncta E. J. O. Hartert, 1897 - Sumbawa, Flores and Lomblen, in Lesser Sundas.
  • connectens Rensch, 1931 - Sumba, in Lesser Sundas.