Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Swamp Flycatcher (Muscicapa aquatica) - HBW 11, p. 120

French: Gobemouche des marais German: Sumpfschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Palustre
Other common names: Swamp Alseonax

Taxonomy: Muscicapa aquatica Heuglin, 1864, Wau, Bahr el Ghazal, Sudan.
Putative race ruandae (described from Uganda) is slightly longer-winged than infulata but otherwise inseparable; more appropriately synonymized with infulata. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aquatica Heuglin, 1864 - extreme S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, S & E Mali, SE Burkina Faso, C & E Ivory Coast and C & E Ghana E to Nigeria (except S and extreme N), N Cameroon, S Chad, N Central African Republic, SW Sudan and N DRCongo (Ubangui).
  • infulata Hartlaub, 1881 - SE Sudan, NE DRCongo (including R Lualaba from Kasongo to Mwanza), Uganda (except Karamoja), Rwanda, W Burundi, W Kenya, NW Tanzania and NE Zambia.
  • lualabae (Chapin, 1932) - SE DRCongo (upper Lualaba lakes, in Katanga).
  • grimwoodi Chapin, 1952 - S Zambia (L Suye, Lukanga Swamp).