Brown-breasted Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Muscicapa muttui

Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Kaki Jingga

Chinese Name: 褐胸鹟

Range: Breeds in northeast India and Indochina; winters to southwest India (Western Ghats) and Sri Lanka.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 13-14 cm

Identification: Longer-billed than all other Muscicapa species in Singapore, but bill not as strong and bulky as in Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher. Lower mandible almost completely pale yellowish, unlike Asian Brown Flycatcher and Dark-sided Flycatcher, which have mostly dark lower mandibles. Warm rufous fringes to wing coverts recall Brown-streaked Flycatcher, but that species lacks the sharply contrasting white patch on lores. Ferruginous Flycatcher has a richer orange wash on breast and flanks, which are a drabber buffish colour for Brown-breasted. Legs are also paler than other Muscicapa species.

Similar looking species: Dark-sided Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher

Habitat: Forests.

Behaviour/Ecology: Normally feeds in the lower levels of the forest, around eye level. Can remain motionless for long periods on a perch, and is rather shy.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Muscicapa muttui. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Clement, P. (2020). Brown-breasted Flycatcher (Muscicapa muttui), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds). Birds of the World.Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.