Blue-mantled crested flycatcher

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Blue-mantled crested flycatcher
African Crested-Flycatcher (Trochocercus cyanomelas).jpg
Female photographed in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Trochocercus
T. cyanomelas
Binomial name
Trochocercus cyanomelas
(Vieillot, 1818)

See text

  • Muscicapa cyanomelas
  • Terpsiphone cyanomelas

The blue-mantled crested flycatcher or African crested flycatcher (Trochocercus cyanomelas) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae found in eastern and south-eastern Africa.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The blue-mantled crested flycatcher was originally described in the genus Muscicapa and some authorities have also classified it in the genus Terpsiphone. Alternate names for the black-naped monarch include blue-mantled flycatcher, blue-mantled paradise-flycatcher, Cape crested-flycatcher and crested flycatcher.


Five subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • T. c. vivax - Neave, 1909: Found from Uganda and north-western Tanzania to south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern and western Zambia
  • East African crested flycatcher (T. c. bivittatus) - Reichenow, 1879: Originally described as a separate species. Found from Somalia to eastern Tanzania
  • T. c. megalolophus - Swynnerton, 1907: Originally described as a separate species. Found from Malawi and northern Mozambique to Zimbabwe and eastern KwaZulu-Natal (north-eastern South Africa)
  • T. c. segregus - Clancey, 1975: Found in eastern Northern Province and western KwaZulu-Natal (north-eastern South Africa)
  • T. c. cyanomelas - (Vieillot, 1818): Found in south and south-eastern South Africa


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Trochocercus cyanomelas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.3". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/

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