Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers, chats..)

Under construction

Number of genera: 61
Number of species: 347
Number of species completed: 47
In French: page des gobemouches, traquets, etc. en Français


Genus Alethe – 2 species

Those two very closely related species (formerly grouped in one species) is said to be basal to the family, but this need confirmation.

They are widespread in the forest zone and separated in allospecies. Fire-crested Alethe is in central Afrique, reaching marginally Eastern Africa, while White-tailed exist only in Western Africa.

White-tailed Alethe Alethe diademata – NA
Fire-crested Alethe Alethe castanea – NA


Aedonopsis_quadrivirgata_fam1.JPGGenus Aedonopsis – 6 species

This genus is sometimes grouped with Cercotrichas, but such a classification makes it non-monophyletic. It is sometimes named Erythropygia, Tychaedon or Aedonops.

The 6 species are fairly secretive to extremely shy, in dense habitats. At least one species exist in all regions of the continent, south of the Sahara, but most of them live actually in Southern Africa.

Karoo Scrub-Robin Aedonopsis coryphoeus – NA
Brown Scrub-Robin Aedonopsis signata – ON REQUEST, END. (South Africa)
Maputaland Scrub Robin Aedonopsis tongensis – NA
Forest Scrub-Robin Aedonopsis leucosticta – NA
* Bearded Scrub-Robin Aedonopsis quadrivirgata, photo above
Miombo Scrub-Robin Aedonopsis barbata – NA


Cercotrichas_hartlaubi_fam1Genus Cercotrichas – 5 species

The remaining Cercotrichas, mainly African, after split of the previous genus, is closely related to next one (that exists in Indian Ocean islands and Asia).

One species, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, is fairly widespread in Mediterranean region, parts of Asia and parts of Afro-tropical. Palearctic populations are migrating to Africa.

Others are African with one, Black Scrub-Robin, also breeding locally in Middle-East.

Kalahari Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas paena – NA
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes – NA
Black Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas podobe – NA
Brown-backed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas hartlaubi – NA, photo above
White-browed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas leucophrys – NA


Copsychus_saularis_fam1Genus Copsychus – 4 species

This genus was traditionally including the 3 next ones. Significant differences in plumage, shape, behaviour and genetics make the split clearly appropriate. Sister is probably Saxicoloides.

While one species is widespread in Asia, others are all endemic to one archipelago or one island. Seychelles Magpie-Robin is one of the rarest Muscicapidae, surviving thanks to strict conservation program and introduction on several small islands. Less that 15 birds were surviving in 1965, all on Fregate.

* Philippine Magpie-Robin Copsychus mindanensis – END. (Philippines)
* Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis, photo above
Madagascan Magpie-Robin Copsychus albospecularis – ON REQUEST, END. (Madagascar)
Seychelles Magpie-Robin Copsychus sechellarum – SP. T., ENDAN.END. (Seychelles)


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Genus Saxicoloides – 1 species

This monotypic genus was split from the previous one. The Indian Robin is unique in shape and plumage, as well as distinct in behaviour and definitely deserves such a treatment.

It is common and widespread in India, Sri Lanka, part of Pakistan and Bangladesh, and rather uncommon in Nepal. It can be familiar in some Indian gardens, hence the name “robin”, although it is not related to the famous Robin from Europe (genus Erithacus) and doesn’t have its red/orange throat.

Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicatus – NA


Genus Trichixos – 1 species

Monotypic genus, formely included in Copsychus, close to both Kittacincla and Saxicoloides.

It exists only on Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra, and decrease dramatically with the deforestation as it lives primarily in lowland primary forests.

Rufous-tailed Shama Trichixos pyrropygus – NA


Genus Kittacincla – 5 species

Genus sometimes included in Copsychus, but clearly distinct and closer to Trichixos and Saxicoloides.

One species is very widespread (but decreasing with captures for trade and deforestation), one is endemic to the Andaman islands  and all others are endemic to one or a few islands of the Philippines.

White-browed Shama Kittacincla luzoniensis – NA, END. (Philippines)
Visayan Shama Kittacincla superciliaris – ON REQUEST, END. (Philippines)
* White-rumped Shama Kittacincla malabarica
Andaman Shama Kittacincla albiventris – ON REQUEST, END. (Andaman)
White-vented Shama Kittacincla nigra – ON REQUEST, END. (Philippines)
Black Shama Kittacincla cebuensis – SPECIAL TARGET, END. (Philippines)


Genus Muscicapa – 16 species

The limit of this genus has been unclear for long. It is basal to the tribe Muscicapini that groups Muscicapa and the next five next genera, all five being strictly African. Most Fraseria and Bradornis were formerly included in Muscicapa.

The majority of the species are Eurasian, and the others are African. Except for one endemic from the Philippines, all species have healthy population.

* Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica – NA
Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea – NA
Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui – NA
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica – NA
Brown Streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa williamsoni – NA
Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa sodhii – ON REQUEST, ENDEM. (Sulawesi)
Ashy-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa randi – SPECIAL T., VULN.ENDEM. (Philippines)
Sumba Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa segregata – SPECIAL T., ENDEM. (Sumba)
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata – NA
* African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta
Yellow-footed Flycatcher Muscicapa sethsmithi – NA
* Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Mediterranean Flycatcher Muscicapa tyrrhenica – ON REQUEST
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae – SPECIAL TARGET
* Swamp Flycatcher Muscicapa aquatica
* Cassin’s Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini


Genus Bradornis – 6 species

Some of the species were included in Melaenornis, and others in Muscicapa, but none of the previous classifications were satisfactory. Genetic studies finally solved the puzzle, and there’s hope the list followed here should be stable in the future.

All species exist in Africa, south of the Sahara, and none is threatened. Boehm’s Flycatcher is, however, generally uncommon and probably decreasing.

Boehm’s Flycatcher Bradornis boehmi – NA
Sooty Flycatcher Bradornis fuliginosus – NA
Ussher’s Flycatcher Bradornis ussheri – NA
* Dusky-blue Flycatcher Bradornis comitata
* African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus
Marico Flycatcher Bradornis mariquensis – NA


Genus Agricola – 2 species

Usually placed within Bradornis, or sometimes in Melaenornis or even Muscicapa,  this little genus has been separated by genetic.

It is restricted to Afrique South of the Sahara and the two species are largely separated by habitat and range although they overlap in…

Pale Flycatcher Agricola pallidus – NA
Chat Flycatcher Agricola infuscatus – NA


Genus Fraseria – 8 species

White-browed Forest-Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens – NA
Fraser’s Forest-Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata – NA
Grey Tit-Flycatcher Fraseria plumbea – NA
Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher Fraseria griseigularis – NA
Ashy Flycatcher Fraseria caerulescens –  NA
Tessmann’s Flycatcher Fraseria tessmanni – SPECIAL TARGET
Olivaceous Flycatcher Fraseria olivascens – NA
Chapin’s Flycatcher Fraseria lendu – SPECIAL TARGET


Genus Empidormis – 1 species

* Silverbird Empidornis semipartitus


Genus Melaenornis – 9 species

Fiscal Flycatcher Melaenornis silens – NA
Herero Chat Melaenornis herero – NA
Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis chocolatinus – NA
Angolan Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis brunneus – SPECIAL T., END. (Angola)
* White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri
* Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher Melaenornis ardesiacus
Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae – SPECIAL TARGET
* Northern Black Flycatcher Melaenornis edolioides
* Southern Black Flycatcher Melaenornis pammelaina


Genus Sholicola – 3 species

Nilgiri Blue Robin Sholicola major – SPECIAL T., ENDAN., END. (India)
White-bellied Blue Robin Sholicola albiventris – SPECIAL T., VULN., END. (India)


Genus Niltava – 6 species

Fujian Niltava Niltava davidi – NA
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara – NA
Rufous-vented Niltava Niltava sumatrana – NA
Small Vivid Niltava Niltava vivida – ON REQUEST, END. (Taïwan)
Large Vivid Niltava Niltava oatesi– SPECIAL TARGET
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae – NA
Large Niltava Niltava grandis – NA


Genus Cyanoptila – 2 species

Zappey’s Flycatcher Cyanoptila cumatilis – SPECIAL TARGET
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana – NA


Genus Eumyias – 6 species

Nilgiri Flycatcher Eumyias albicaudatus – ON REQUEST, ENDEMIC (India)
Indigo Flycatcher Eumyias indigo – NA
Dull-blue Flycatcher Eumyias sordidus – ON REQUEST, ENDEMIC (Sri Lanka)
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus – NA
Turquoise Flycatcher Eumyias panayensis – NA
Streak-breasted Jungle-Flycatcher Eumyias additus – ON R., END. (Buru, Indonesia)


Genus Anthipes – 2 species

White-gorgeted Flycatcher Anthipes monileger – NA
Rufous-browed Flycatcher Anthipes solitaris – NA


Genus Cyornis – 27 species

White-tailed Flycatcher Cyornis concretus – NA
Russet-backed Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis oscillans – ON R., END. (Indonesia)
Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis brunneatus – SPECIAL T.
Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher Cyornis nicobaricus – ON R., END. (Nicobar)
Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis olivaceus – NA
Grey-chested Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis umbratilis – NA
Rufous-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis ruficauda – NA
Henna-tailed Jungle-Flycatcher Cyornis colonus – ON R., END. (Indonesia)
Pale Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis unicolor – NA
Rueck’s Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis ruckii – SP T, CRIT, E. (Sumatra)
Blue-breasted Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis herioti – SP T, E. (Philippines)
Rufous-breasted Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis camarinensis – SP T, VULN, E. (Philippines)
White-bellied Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis pallipes –  NA, E. (India)
Pale-chinned Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis poliogenys – NA
Large Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis magnirostris – SPECIAL TARGET
Hill Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis banyumas – NA
Palawan Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis lemprieri – SP T, VULN, E. (Philippines)
* Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae
Indochinese Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis sumatrensis – NA
Sunda Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis caerulatus – NA, VULN
Bornean Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis superbus – SP T, E. (Borneo)
Chinese Blue Flycatcher Cyornis glaucicomans – NA
Hainan Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis hainanus – NA
Blue-throated Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides – NA
Malaysian Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis turcosus – NA
Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis rufigastra – NA
Tanahjampea Blue Flycatcher Cyornis djampeanus – ON R., E. (Indonesia)
Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis omissus – NA, E. (Indonesia)
Timor Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis hyacinthinus – ON REQUEST
Blue-fronted Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis hoevelli – ON REQUEST, E. (Indonesia)
Matinan Blue-Flycatcher Cyornis sanfordi – ON R., ENDAN, E. (Sulawesi)

SF Cossyphinae:


Genus Xenocopsychus – 1 species

Angolan Cave Chat Xenocopsychus ansorgei – ON REQUEST


Genus Dessonornis – 4 species

Cape Robin-Chat Dessonornis caffra – NA
Mbulu Robin-Chat Dessonornis mbuluensis – SPECIAL T., END. (Tanzania)
Rusty-flanked Robin-Chat Dessonornis macclouniiSPECIAL TARGET
Olive-flanked Robin-Chat Dessonornis anomalus – SPECIAL TARGET
Archer’s Robin-Chat Dessonornis archeri – SPECIAL TARGET
White-throated Robin-Chat Dessonornis humeralis – NA


Genus Erithacus – 2 species

* European Robin Erithacus rubecula
* Tenerife Robin Erithacus superbusEND. (Canary Islands)


Genus Pogonocichla – 1 species

White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata – NA


Genus Oreocossypha – 1 species

Mountain Robin-Chat Oreocossypha isabellae – ON REQUEST


Genus Cossyphicula – 1 species

White-bellied Robin-Chat Cossyphicula roberti – ON REQUEST


Genus Swynnertonia – 1 species

Swynnerton’s Robin Swynnertonia swynnertoni – SPECIAL T., VULN.


Genus Chamaetylas – 4 species

Red-throated Alethe Chamaetylas poliophrys – NA
Brown-chested Alethe Chamaetylas poliocephala – NA
* White-chested Alethe Chamaetylas fuelleborni
Thyolo Alethe Chamaetylas choloensis – SPECIAL T., VULN.


Genus Cossypha – 8 species

Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat Cossypha cyanocampter – NA
Rueppell’s Robin-Chat Cossypha semirufa – NA
* White-browed Robin-Chat Cossypha heuglini
Red-capped Robin-Chat Cossypha natalensis – NA
Chorister Robin-Chat Cossypha dichroa – NA
White-headed Robin-Chat Cossypha heinrichi – SPECIAL T., VULN.
* Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha niveicapilla
White-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha albicapillus – NA


Genus Stiphrornis – 5 species

Orange-breasted Forest-Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax – NA
Yellow-breasted Forest-Robin Stiphrornis xanthogaster – NA
Olive-backed Forest-Robin Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus – NA


Genus Cichladusa – 3 species

* Collared Palm-thrush Cichladusa arquata
Rufous-tailed Palm-thrush Cichladusa ruficauda – NA
* Spotted Palm-thrush Cichladusa guttata


Genus Sheppardia – 11 species

Usambara Akalat Sheppardia montana – SP T, ENDA, E. (Tanzania)
Iringa Akalat Sheppardia lowei – SP T, VULN, E. (Tanzania)
Rubeho Akalat Sheppardia aurantiithorax – SP T, ENDA, E. (Tanzania)
Gabela Akalat Sheppardia gabela – SP T, ENDA, E. (Angola)
Equatorial Akalat Sheppardia aequatorialis – NA
Lowland Akalat Sheppardia cyornithopsis – NA
East Coast Akalat Sheppardia gunningi – SPECIAL TARGET
Sharpe’s Akalat Sheppardia sharpei – NA
Grey-winged Robin-Chat Sheppardia polioptera – NA
Bocage’s Akalat Sheppardia bocagei – NA
Short-tailed Akalat Sheppardia poensis – NA

SF Saxicolinae:


Genus Heinrichia – 1 species

Great Shortwing Heinrichia calligyna – SPECIAL T, END. (Sulawesi)


Genus Leonardina – 1 species

Bagobo Babbler Leonardina woodi – SPECIAL T, END. (Philippines)


Genus Heteroxenicus – 1 species

Gould’s Shortwing Heteroxenicus stellatus – NA


Genus Brachypteryx – 11 species

Rusty-bellied Shortwing Brachypteryx hyperythra – SPECIAL TARGET
Lesser Shortwing Brachypteryx leucophris – NA
Himalayan Shortwing Brachypteryx cruralis – NA
Chinese Shortwing Brachypteryx sinensis – NA, END. (China)
Taiwan Shortwing Brachypteryx goodfellowi – SPECIAL T., END. (Taiwan)
Philippine Shortwing Brachypteryx poliogyna – NA, END. (Philippines)
Mt. Apo Shortwing Brachypteryx mindanensis – SPECIAL T., END. (Mindanao)
Bornean Shortwing Brachypteryx erythrogyna – SPECIAL T., END. (Borneo)
Sumatran Shortwing Brachypteryx saturata – NA, END. (Sumatra)
Javan Shortwing Brachypteryx montana – SPECIAL T., END. (Java)
Flores Shortwing Brachypteryx floris – SPECIAL T., END. (Java)


Genus Vauriella – 4 species

Eyebrowed Jungle-Flycatcher Vauriella gularis – NA, END. (Borneo)
White-throated Jungle-Flycatcher Vauriella albigularis – SP T, ENDA, E. (Philippines)
White-browed Jungle-Flycatcher Vauriella insignis – SP T, VULN, E. (Philippines)
Slaty-backed Jungle-Flycatcher Vauriella goodfellowi – SP T, E. (Philippines)


Genus Larvivora – 6 species

Indian Blue-Robin Larvivora brunnea – NA
Siberian Blue-Robin Larvivora cyane – NA
Rufous-tailed Robin Larvivora sibilans – NA
Rufous-headed Robin Larvivora ruficeps – SP T., ENDAN.
Ryukyu Robin Larvivora komadori – NA
Japanese Robin Larvivora akahige – ON REQUEST, END. (Japan)


Genus Irania – 1 species

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis – NA


Genus Hodgsonius – 1 species

White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phoenicuroides – NA


Genus Cyanecula – 1 species

Bluethroat Cyanecula svecica – NA


Genus Luscinia – 2 species

Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia – NA
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos – NA


Genus Calliope – 5 species

Firethroat Calliope pectardens – SPECIAL T.
Blackthroat Calliope obscura – SPECIAL T., VULN.
Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope – NA
Himayalan Rubythroat Calliope pectoralis – NA
Chinese Rubythroat Calliope tschebaiewi – NA


Genus Myiomela – 2 species

White-tailed Robin Myiomela leucura – NA
Sunda Robin Myiomela diana – SPECIAL T., END. (Indonesia)


Genus Tarsiger – 6 species

Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin Tarsiger hyperythrus – NA
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus – NA
Himalayan Bluetail Tarsiger rufilatus – NA
White-browed Bush-Robin Tarsiger indicus – NA
Collared Bush-Robin Tarsiger johnstoniae – NA, END. (Taiwan)
Golden Bush-Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus – NA


Genus Enicurus – 7 species

Very distinctive genus that is related to whistling-thrushes (Myophonus). Despite very different plumage and shape, both genus live along rivers (especially in forested areas)  and are well adapted to this habitat, forktails being even more specialised.

Forktails live only in South and South-East Asia, a range largely shared with whistling-thrushes indeed. Despite specific habitat, none of the species are threatened for now.

Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri – NA
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus – NA
Sunda Forktail Enicurus velatus – NA, END. (Indonesia)
Chestnut-naped Forktail Enicurus ruficapillus – NA
Black-backed Forktail Enicurus immaculatus – NA
White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti – NA
Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus – NA


Genus Cinclidium – 1 species

This monotypic genus is sometimes called Callene. It is  part of a clade with whistling-thrushes and forktails, and share more similarities with the former.

Like both, it occurs in South and South-Eastern Asia, but it is very localised.

Blue-fronted Robin Cinclidium frontale – SPECIAL TARGET


Genus Myophonus – 9 species

This is another distinct genus, formerly believed to be thrushes (Turdidae), but they are  actually related to forktails (Enicurus). Most species are closely related to each other and are largely allopatric, except Blue Whistling-Thrush, the only widespread whistling-thrush. All others are endemic to a single country and/or an island.

It is a genus that exist only in South and South-East Asia.

Sri Lanka Whistling-Thrush Myophonus blighi – SP T., ENDAN., END. (Sri Lanka)
Shiny Whistling-Thrush Myophonus melanurus – SPECIAL T., END. (Sumatra)
Javan Whistling-Thrush Myophonus glaucinus – NA.END. (Indonesia)
Brown-winged Whistling-Thrush Myophonus castaneus – SPECIAL T., END. (Sumatra)
Bornean Whistling-Thrush Myophonus borneensis – SPECIAL T., END. (Borneo)
Malayan Whistling-Thrush Myophonus robinsoni – SPECIAL T., END. (Malaysia)
Malabar Whistling-Thrush Myophonus horsfieldii – SPECIAL T., END. (India)
Taiwan Whistling-Thrush Myophonus insularis – SPECIAL T., END. (Taïwan)
* Blue Whistling-Thrush Myophonus caeruleus


Genus Ficedula – 34 species

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia – NA
Green-backed Flycatcher Ficedula elisae – NA
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina – NA
Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki – NA
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula sordida – NA
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor – NA
Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra – NA
Pygmy Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsoni – NA
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata – NA
Sapphire Flycatcher Ficedula sapphira – NA
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris – NA
* Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Ficedula ruficauda – NA
* Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva – NA
Kashmir Flycatcher Ficedula subrubra – SPECIAL T., VULN.
European Pied-Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca – NA
Atlas Pied-Flycatcher Ficedula speculigera – SPECIAL TARGET
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis – NA
Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata – NA
Damar Flycatcher Ficedula henrici – – ON REQ., END. (Damar, Indonesia)
Rufous-throated Flycatcher Ficedula rufigula – SPECIAL T., END. (Indonesia)
Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher Ficedula buruensis – ON REQ., END. (Indonesia)
Sumba Flycatcher Ficedula harterti – ON REQ., END. (Sumba, Indonesia)
Black-banded Flycatcher Ficedula timorensis – SP. T., END. (Timor)
Little Slaty Flycatcher Ficedula basilanica – SP. T., VULN., END. (Philippines)
Bundok Flycatcher Ficedula luzoniensis – NA, END. (Philippines)
Cryptic Flycatcher Ficedula crypta – SP. T., END. (Mindanao)
Lompobattang Flycatcher Ficedula bonthaina – SP. T., ENDAN., END. (Sulawesi)
Black-and-orange Flycatcher Ficedula nigrorufa – ON REQ., END. (Inde)
Tanimbar Flycatcher Ficedula riedeli – ON REQ., END. (Tanimbar, Indonésie)
Rufous-chested Flycatcher Ficedula dumetoria  – NA
Furtive Flycatcher Ficedula disposita – SP. T., END. (Luzon)
Palawan Flycatcher Ficedula platenae – SP. T., VULN., END. (Palawan)


Genus Phoenicurus – 14 species

Przevalski’s Redstart Phoenicurus alaschanicus – NA
Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus – NA
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis – NA
Blue-capped Redstart Phoenicurus coeruleocephala – NA
White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps – NA
White-capped Redstart Phoenicurus leucocephalus – NA
* Plumbeous Water-Redstart Phoenicurus fuliginosus
* Luzon Water-Redstart Phoenicurus bicolorVULN., END. (Luzon)
* Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus – NA
Moussier’s Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri – NA
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus – NA
Gueldenstadt’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus – NA
Hodgson’s Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni – NA


Genus Monticola – 14 species

Blue-capped Rock-thrush Monticola cinclorhyncha – NA
Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush Monticola rufiventris – NA
White-throated Rock-thrush Monticola gularis – NA
Short-toed Rock-thrush Monticola brevipes – NA
Sentinel Rock-thrush Monticola explorator – NA
Littoral Rock-thrush Monticola imerina – ON REQUEST, END. (Madagascar)
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei – SPECIAL TARGET, END. (Madagascar)
* Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis
* Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus – NA
White-winged Cliff-chat Monticola semirufus – NA
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis – NA
Cape Rock-thrush Monticola rupestris – NA


Genus Saxicola – 15 species

Jerdon’s Bushchat Saxicola jerdoni – NA
* Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferreus
White-bellied Bushchat Saxicola gutturalis – ON REQUEST, END. (Timor)
* Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
White-browed Bushchat Saxicola macrorhynchus – SPECIAL T., VULNERABLE
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis – SPECIAL T., VULNERABLE
* Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
White-tailed Stonechat Saxicola leucurus – NA
Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri – NA
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus – NA
* Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiaeEND. (Canary Islands)
European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola – NA
* African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Madagascan Stonechat Saxicola sibilla – NA, END. (Madagascar)
Reunion Stonechat Saxicola tectes – ON REQUEST, END. (Reunion)


Genus Campicoloides – 1 species

Buff-streaked Chat Campicoloides bifasciatus – ON REQUEST


Genus Emarginata – 3 species

Karoo Chat Emarginata schlegelii – NA
Sickle-winged Chat Emarginata sinuata – NA
Tractrac Chat Emarginata tractrac – NA


Genus Pinarochroa – 1 species

Moorland Chat Pinarochroa sordida – NA


Genus Thamnolaea – 2 species

* Mocking Cliff-Chat Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
White-crowned Cliff-Chat Thamnolaea coronata – NA


Genus Myrmecocichla – 8 species

* Sooty Chat Myrmecocichla nigra
Anteater Chat Myrmecocichla aethiops – NA
Congo Moor Chat Myrmecocichla tholloni – NA
Ant-eating Chat Myrmecocichla formicivora – NA
Mountain Wheatear Myrmecocichla monticola – NA
Rueppell’s Black Chat Myrmecocichla melaena – NA
* Arnot’s Chat Myrmecocichla arnotti
Ruaha Chat Myrmecocichla collaris – NA


Genus Oenanthe – 31 species

* Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Black-throated Wheatear Oenanthe seebohmi – NA
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata – NA
Red-breasted Wheatear Oenanthe bottae – NA
Red-breasted Wheatear Oenanthe bottae – SPECIAL TARGET
Heuglin’s Wheatear Oenanthe heuglini – NA
* Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha – NA
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti – NA
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica – NA
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca – ON REQUEST
* Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka
White-fronted Black Chat Oenanthe albifrons – NA
Somali Wheatear Oenanthe phillipsi – ON REQUEST
Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta – NA
* Blackstart Oenanthe melanura
Familiar Chat Oenanthe familiaris – NA
Brown-tailed Rockchat Oenanthe scotocerca – NA
Sombre Rockchat Oenanthe dubia – SPECIAL TARGET
Brown Rockchat Oenanthe fusca – NA
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata – NA
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura – NA
Abyssinian Wheatear Oenanthe lugubris – NA
* Schalow’s Wheatear Oenanthe schalowi
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga – NA
* Hume’s Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra
Finsch’s Wheatear Oenanthe finschii – NA
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens – NA
* Arabian Wheatear Oenanthe lugentoides
“Persian Mourning Wheatear” Oenanthe persica
Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna – NA
Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia – NA


Genus Humblotia – 1 species

Unusual species whose relationship within Muscicapidae are still unclear. It is a rare and threatened bird of the remaining forest on the island of Grand Comoro.

Humblot’s Flycatcher Humblotia flavirostris – – SP. T., ENDAN.END. (Grand Comoro)


Genus Pinarornis – 1 species

As for the genus above, in lack of genetical research, its position within Muscicapidae is sill unclear. It is significantly different to all other species in morphology and behaviour.

It is localised in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia but a rather widespread in Zimbabwe.

Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus – SPECIAL TARGET


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