Pale flycatcher

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Pale flycatcher
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in Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Melaenornis
M. pallidus
Binomial name
Melaenornis pallidus
(von Müller, 1851)

Bradornis pallidus
Agricola pallidus

The pale flycatcher (Melaenornis pallidus) is a passerine bird of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, found in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The pale flycatcher was previously placed in the genus Bradornis but was moved to Melaenornis based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010.[2][3] Some taxonomists place it in the genus Agricola instead.[1]


It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[1]


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d BirdLife International (2016). "Agricola pallidus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22709035A94189782. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ Sangster, G.; Alström, P.; Forsmark, E.; Olsson, U. (2010). "Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Old World chats and flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly at family, subfamily and genus level (Aves: Muscicapidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57 (1): 380–392. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.07.008. PMID 20656044.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". IOC World Bird List. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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