Old World flycatchers

(Muscicapidae)

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Muscicapidae

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A large, highly variable group consisting of about 135 species of songbirds. They are small-to medium-sized perching birds, sometimes quite colorful; most feed by making aerial sallies from an exposed perch to catch their prey of flying insects

Size

Number of genera, species

16 genera, 135 species, including 9 genera (109 species) of Muscicapinae (typical Old World flycatchers) and 7 genera (26 species) of Platysteirinae (African flycatchers)

Habitat

Species occur in a wide range of habitats, including forest, woodland, savanna, grassland, edges of waterbodies and wetlands, pasture and other agricultural areas, and well-vegetated gardens and residential areas

Conservation status

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists 18 species of the Muscicapidae as being at risk, plus another 19 species as being Near Threatened

Distribution

Widespread in Eurasia and Africa with the greatest richness of species occurring in tropical and subtropical Africa, India, and Southeast Asia

Distribution

Widespread in Eurasia and Africa with the greatest richness of species occurring in tropical and subtropical Africa, India, and Southeast Asia

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