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Old World flycatchers
Nilgiri Flycatcher, Eumyias albicaudata
Nilgiri Flycatcher, Eumyias albicaudata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Vigors, 1825
See text.

The Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae is a large family of small passerine birds restricted to the Old World. These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, as the name implies, take their prey on the wing.

This article follows Handbook of Birds of the World in including the small chat-like ground feeders previously classed with the Turdidae thrushes in this group.

The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. The nest of most is a well-constructed cup in a tree or hedge.

  • Family: Muscicapidae
    • Genus Empidornis
      • Silverbird, Empidornis semipartitus
    • Genus Bradornis
      • Pale Flycatcher, Bradornis pallidus
        Chat Flycatcher, Bradornis infuscatus
        Mariqua Flycatcher, Bradornis mariquensis
        African Grey Flycatcher, Bradornis microrhynchus
    • Genus Melaenornis
      • Angola Slaty Flycatcher, Melaenornis brunneus
        White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Melaenornis fischeri
        Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Melaenornis chocolatinus
        Northern Black Flycatcher, Melaenornis edolioides
        Southern Black Flycatcher, Melaenornis pammelaina
        Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Melaenornis ardesiacus
        Nimba Flycatcher, Melaenornis annamarulae
    • Genus Fraseria
      • African Forest Flycatcher, Fraseria ocreata
        White-browed Forest Flycatcher, Fraseria cinerascens
    • Genus Sigelus
      • Fiscal Flycatcher, Sigelus silens
    • Genus Rhinomyias
      • Buru Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias addita
        Flores Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias oscillans
        Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias brunneata
        Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias umbratilis
        Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias olivacea
        Chestnut-tailed Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias ruficauda
        Henna-tailed Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias colonus
        Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias gularis
        Rusty-flanked Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias insignis
        Negros Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias albigularis
        Mindanao Jungle Flycatcher, Rhinomyias goodfellowi
    • Genus Muscicapa
      • Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata
        Gambaga Flycatcher, Muscicapa gambagae
        Grey-spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa griseisticta
        Siberian Flycatcher, Muscicapa sibirica
        Asian Brown Flycatcher, Muscicapa dauurica
        Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Muscicapa williamsoni
        Ash-breasted Flycatcher, Muscicapa randi
        Sumba Brown Flycatcher, Muscicapa segregata
        Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Muscicapa ruficauda
        Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Muscicapa muttui
        Ferruginous Flycatcher, Muscicapa ferruginea
        Ussher's Flycatcher, Muscicapa ussheri
        Sooty Flycatcher, Muscicapa infuscata
        Boehm's Flycatcher, Muscicapa boehmi
        Swamp Flycatcher, Muscicapa aquatica
        Olivaceous Flycatcher, Muscicapa olivascens
        Chapins' Flycatcher, Muscicapa lendu
        African Dusky Flycatcher, Muscicapa adusta
        Little Grey Flycatcher, Muscicapa epulata
        Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Muscicapa sethsmithi
        Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa comitata
        Tessmann's Flycatcher, Muscicapa tessmanni
        Cassin's Flycatcher, Muscicapa cassini
        Ashy Flycatcher, Muscicapa caerulescens
    • Genus Myioparus
      • Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher, Myioparus griseigularis
        Grey Tit-flycatcher, Myioparus plumbeus
    • Genus Humblotia
      • Grand Comoro Flycatcher, Humblotia flavirostris
    • Genus Ficedula
      • European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca
        Atlas Flycatcher, Ficedula speculigera
        Collared Flycatcher, Ficedula albicollis
        Semi-collared Flycatcher, Ficedula semitorquata
        Korean Flycatcher, Ficedula zanthopygia
        Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina
        Beijing Flycatcher, Ficedula beijingnica
        Mugimaki Flycatcher, Ficedula mugimaki
        Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Ficedula hodgsonii
        Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula strophiata
        Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ficedula parva
        Red-throated Flycatcher, Ficedula albicilla
        Kashmir Flycatcher, Ficedula subrubra
        Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Ficedula hyperythra
        White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula monileger
        Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Ficedula solitaris
        Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Ficedula dumetoria
        Rufous-throated Flycatcher, Ficedula rufigula
        Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher, Ficedula buruensis
        Little Slaty Flycatcher, Ficedula basilanica
        Sumba Flycatcher, Ficedula harterti
        Palawan Flycatcher, Ficedula platenae
        Russet-tailed Flycatcher, Ficedula crypta
        Furtive Flycatcher, Ficedula disposita
        Lompobattang Flycatcher, Ficedula bonthaina
        Little Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula westermanni
        Ultramarine Flycatcher, Ficedula superciliaris
        Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Ficedula tricolor
        Black-and-rufous Flycatcher, Ficedula nigrorufa
        Sapphire Flycatcher, Ficedula sapphira
        Black-banded Flycatcher, Ficedula timorensis
    • Genus Cyanoptila
      • Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Cyanoptila cyanomelana
    • Genus Eumyias
      • Verditer Flycatcher, Eumyias thalassina
        Dull-blue Flycatcher, Eumyias sordida
        Island Flycatcher, Eumyias panayensis
        Nilgiri Flycatcher, Eumyias albicaudata
        Indigo Flycatcher, Eumyias indigo
    • Genus Niltava
      • Large Niltava, Niltava grandis
        Small Niltava, Niltava macgrigoriae
        Fujian Niltava, Niltava davidi
        Rufous-bellied Niltava, Niltava sundara
        Rufous-vented Niltava, Niltava sumatrana
        Vivid Niltava, Niltava vivida
    • Genus Cyornis
      • Matinan Flycatcher, Cyornis sanfordi
        Blue-fronted Flycatcher, Cyornis hoevelli
        Timor Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis hyacinthinus
        White-tailed Flycatcher, Cyornis concretus
        Rueck's Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis ruckii
        Blue-breasted Flycatcher, Cyornis herioti
        Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis hainanus
        White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis pallipes
        Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis poliogenys
        Pale Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis unicolor
        Blue-throated Flycatcher, Cyornis rubeculoides
        Hill Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis banyumas
        Long-billed Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis caerulatus
        Malaysian Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis turcosus
        Palawan Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis lemprieri
        Bornean Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis superbus
        Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae
        Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis rufigastra
        Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis omissus
    • Genus Muscicapella
      • Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Muscicapella hodgsoni
    • Genus Culicicapa
      • Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Culicicapa ceylonensis
        Citrine Canary-flycatcher, Culicicapa helianthea
    • Genus Horizorhinus
      • Dohrn's Flycatcher, Horizorhinus dohrni
    • Genus Tarsiger
      • Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus
        Golden Bush Robin, Tarsiger chrysaeus
        White-browed Bush Robin, Tarsiger indicus
        Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Tarsiger hyperythrus
        Collared Bush Robin, Tarsiger johnstoniae
    • Genus Luscinia
      • Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica
        Siberian Rubythroat, Luscinia calliope
        Rufous-tailed Robin or Swinhoe's Nightingale , Luscinia sibilans
        Thrush Nightingale, Luscinia luscinia
        Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos
        Indian Blue Robin or Indian Blue Chat, Luscinia brunneus
        White-tailed Rubythroat, Luscinia pectoralis
        Rufous-headed Robin, Luscinia ruficeps
        Black-throated Blue Robin, Luscinia obscura
        Firethroat, Luscinia pectardens
        Siberian Blue Robin, Luscinia cyane
    • Genus Erithacus
      • European Robin, Erithacus rubecula
        Japanese Robin, Erithacus akahige
        Ryukyu Robin, Erithacus komadori
    • Genus Irania
      • White-throated Robin, Irania gutturalis
    • Genus Saxicola
      • Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
        Stoliczka's Bushchat or White-browed Bushchat, Saxicola macrorhyncha
        Hodgson's Bushchat or White-throated Bushchat, Saxicola insignis
        Fuerteventura Chat or Canary Island Stonechat, Saxicola dacotiae
        European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola (previously S. torquata rubicola)
        Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat, Saxicola maura (previously S. torquata maura)
        African Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
        Réunion Stonechat, Saxicola tectes
        White-tailed Stonechat, Saxicola leucura
        Pied Bushchat, Saxicola caprata
        Jerdon's Bushchat, Saxicola jerdoni
        Grey Bushchat, Saxicola ferrea
        White-bellied Bushchat or Timor Bushchat, Saxicola gutturalis
        Buff-streaked Bushchat, Saxicola bifasciata
    • Genus Pogonocichla
      • White-starred Robin, Pogonocichla stellata
    • Genus Swynnertonia
      • Swynnerton's Robin, Swynnertonia swynnertoni
    • Genus Stiphrornis
      • Forest Robin, Stiphrornis erythrothorax
    • Genus Xenocopsychus
      • Angola Cave Chat, Xenocopsychus ansorgei
    • Genus Saxicoloides
      • Indian Robin, Saxicoloides fulicata
    • Genus Cinclidium
      • White-tailed Robin, Cinclidium leucurum
        Sunda Robin, Cinclidium diana
        Blue-fronted Robin, Cinclidium frontale
    • Genus Grandala
      • Grandala, Grandala coelicolor
    • Genus Namibornis
      • Herero Chat, Namibornis herero
    • Genus Cercomela
      • Sicklewing Chat, Cercomela sinuata
        Karoo Chat, Cercomela schlegelii
        Tractrac Chat, Cercomela tractrac
        Familiar Chat, Cercomela familiaris
        Brown-tailed Chat, Cercomela scotocerca
        Indian Chat, Cercomela fusca
        Sombre Chat, Cercomela dubia
        Blackstart, Cercomela melanura
        Moorland Chat, Cercomela sordida
    • Genus Myrmecocichla
      • Congo Moorchat, Myrmecocichla tholloni
        Northern Anteater Chat, Myrmecocichla aethiops
        Southern Anteater Chat, Myrmecocichla formicivora
        Sooty Chat, Myrmecocichla nigra
        Rueppell's Chat, Myrmecocichla melaena
        White-fronted Black Chat, Myrmecocichla albifrons
        White-headed Black Chat, Myrmecocichla arnotti
    • Genus Thamnolaea
      • Mocking Cliff Chat, Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
        White-winged Cliff Chat, Thamnolaea semirufa
    • Genus Pinarornis
      • Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus
    • Genus Sheppardia, akalats
      • Bocage's Akalat, Sheppardia bocagei
        Lowland Akalat, Sheppardia cyornithopsis
        Equatorial Akalat, Sheppardia aequatorialis
        Sharpe's Akalat, Sheppardia sharpei
        East Coast Akalat, Sheppardia gunningi
        Gabela Akalat, Sheppardia gabela
        Usambara Akalat, Sheppardia montana
        Iringa Akalat, Sheppardia lowei
    • Genus Cossyphicula, robin-chats
      • White-bellied Robin Chat, Cossyphicula roberti
        Mountain Robin Chat, Cossypha isabellae
        Archer's Robin Chat, Cossypha archeri
        Olive-flanked Robin Chat, Cossypha anomala
        Cape Robin Chat, Cossypha caffra
        White-throated Robin Chat, Cossypha humeralis
        Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Cossypha cyanocampter
        Grey-winged Robin Chat, Cossypha polioptera
        Rueppell's Robin Chat, Cossypha semirufa
        White-browed Robin Chat, Cossypha heuglini
        Red-capped Robin Chat, Cossypha natalensis
        Chorister Robin Chat, Cossypha dichroa
        White-headed Robin Chat, Cossypha heinrichi
        Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Cossypha niveicapilla
        White-crowned Robin Chat, Cossypha albicapilla
    • Genus Cichladusa, palm-thrushes
      • Collared Palm Thrush, Cichladusa arquata
        Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Cichladusa ruficauda
        Spotted Morning Thrush, Cichladusa guttata
    • Genus Cercotrichas, the scrub-robins or bush-chats
      • Forest Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucosticta
        Bearded Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas quadrivirgata
        Miombo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas barbata
        Brown Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas signata
        Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas hartlaubi
        Red-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucophrys
        Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin or Rufous Bush Chat, Cercotrichas galactotes
        Kalahari Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas paena
        African Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas minor
        Karoo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas coryphaeus
        Black Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas podobe
    • Genus Copsychus, magpie-robins or shamas
      • Madagascar Magpie-robin, Copsychus albospecularis
        Oriental Magpie-robin, Copsychus saularis
        White-rumped Shama, Copsychus malabaricus
        Seychelles Magpie-robin, Copsychus sechellarum
        White-browed Shama, Copsychus luzoniensis
        White-vented Shama, Copsychus niger
        Black Shama, Copsychus cebuensis
    • Genus Trichixos, shamas
      • Rufous-tailed Shama, Trichixos pyrropyga
    • Genus Phoenicurus, redstarts
      • Ala Shan Redstart, Phoenicurus alaschanicus
        Rufous-backed Redstart, Phoenicurus erythronota
        Blue-capped Redstart, Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus
        Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros
        Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus
        Hodgson's Redstart, Phoenicurus hodgsoni
        White-throated Redstart, Phoenicurus schisticeps
        Daurian Redstart, Phoenicurus auroreus
        Moussier's Redstart, Phoenicurus moussieri
        White-winged Redstart, Phoenicurus erythrogaster
        Blue-fronted Redstart, Phoenicurus frontalis
    • Genus Chaimarrornis, redstarts
      • White-capped Redstart, Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
    • Genus Rhyacornis, redstarts
      • Plumbeous Redstart, Rhyacornis fuliginosus
        Luzon Redstart, Rhyacornis bicolor
    • Genus Hodgsonius, redstarts
      • White-bellied Redstart, Hodgsonius phaenicuroides
    • Genus Enicurus, forktails
      • Little Forktail, Enicurus scouleri
        Sunda Forktail, Enicurus velatus
        Chestnut-naped Forktail, Enicurus ruficapillus
        Black-backed Forktail, Enicurus immaculatus
        Slaty-backed Forktail, Enicurus schistaceus
        White-crowned Forktail, Enicurus leschenaulti
        Spotted Forktail, Enicurus maculatus
    • Genus Cochoa, cochoas
      • Purple Cochoa, Cochoa purpurea
        Green Cochoa, Cochoa viridis
        Sumatran Cochoa, Cochoa beccarii
        Javan Cochoa, Cochoa azurea
    • Genus Oenanthe, wheatears
      • Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
        Isabelline Wheatear, Oenanthe isabellina
        Desert Wheatear, Oenanthe deserti
        Black-eared Wheatear, Oenanthe hispanica
        Pied Wheatear, Oenanthe pleschanka
        Cyprus Wheatear, Oenanthe cypriaca
        Finsch's Wheatear, Oenanthe finschii
        Mourning Wheatear, Oenanthe lugens
        Hooded Wheatear, Oenanthe monacha
        White-crowned Wheatear, Oenanthe leucopyga
        Black Wheatear, Oenanthe leucura
        Persian Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna
        Red-rumped Wheatear, Oenanthe moesta
        Hume's Wheatear, Oenanthe alboniger
        Mountain Wheatear, Oenanthe monticola
        Somali Wheatear, Oenanthe phillipsi
        Variable Wheatear, Oenanthe picata
        Red-tailed Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna
        Capped Wheatear, Oenanthe pileata
        Red-breasted Wheatear, Oenanthe bottae
        Heuglin's Wheatear, Oenanthe heuglini

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