Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Sooty Flycatcher (Muscicapa infuscata) - HBW 11, p. 124

French: Gobemouche enfumé German: Schieferbrustschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Ahumado
Other common names: African Sooty Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Butalis infuscatus Cassin, 1855, Mondah River, Gabon.
Forms a superspecies with M. ussheri; both sometimes united in genus Artomyias on basis of long wings and short legs (in which case this species is often given specific name fuliginosa, but this name preoccupied in present genus). Often regarded as monotypic, but birds in E of range (NE DRCongo) are clearly separable, as race minuscula; birds from SW Sudan and SW Uganda included within latter race, but corroboration of racial identity needed. Proposed race chapini (described from S Nigeria) considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognize.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Butalis infuscatus Cassin, 1855, Mondah River, Gabon.
Forms a superspecies with M. ussheri; both sometimes united in genus Artomyias on basis of long wings and short legs (in which case this species is often given specific name fuliginosa, but this name preoccupied in present genus). Often regarded as monotypic, but birds in E of range (NE DRCongo) are clearly separable, as race minuscula; birds from SW Sudan and SW Uganda included within latter race, but corroboration of racial identity needed. Proposed race chapini (described from S Nigeria) considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • infuscata (Cassin, 1855) - S Nigeria, S Cameroon, extreme SW Central African Republic (Dzanga, Lobaye) and DRCongo (except extreme N, SE and most of extreme S), S to S PRCongo, NW Angola (Cabinda, and Uíge S to Cuanza Sul and Lunda Sul) and extreme NW Zambia (N Mwinilunga).
  • minuscula (Grote, 1922) - E DRCongo (E Congo Basin from Bolobo to Uele and Semlike), also SW Sudan (Aloma Plateau) and SW Uganda, and an old record from N Tanzania (Ukerewe I, SE L Victoria).

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