Brown-breasted flycatcher

Muscicapa muttui

The brown-breasted flycatcher or Layard's flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The species breeds in north eastern India, central and Southern China and northern Burma and Thailand, and migrates to southern India and Sri Lanka. It forages for insects below the forest canopy, often close to the forest floor.
Brown Breasted Flycatcher, Kudawa, Sinharaja, Sri Lanka This was taken at Kudawa in the Sinharaja forest reserve complex. There were quite a few Asian brown flycatchers this time, however, when I went over the summer I don't recall seeing any, and if I did I would have photographed them! Asian Brown Flycatcher,Birds,Brown-breasted flycatcher,Muscicapa latirostris,Muscicapa muttui,animal,animals,bird


The brown-breasted flycatcher is 13–14 cm in length and weighs between 10-14 g. The overall colour of the upperparts is olive brown. Some of the feather shafts are darker. The upper tail coverts are brighter rufous as are the edges of the flight feathers. The tail feathers have rufous on the outer webs. The lores are pale and the eye ring is conspicuous. The chin and throat are white while the breast and sides of the body are pale brown. The middle of the body to the vent is buffy white. Submoustachial stripes are faint but mark the boundary of the pale chin while the legs and lower mandible are pale flesh coloured. The most confusable species is the brown flycatcher but the more extensive rufous and distinctive patterns of this species make it easy to separate. It was named by Layard after Muttu, his servant who brought him the specimen.

Although no ringing evidence exists to prove their migration, it is thought that the winter migrants in southern India and Sri Lanka come from north-east India and northern Thailand. A subspecies ''stotmani'' described by Hugo Weigold in 1922 is not usually recognized.

The usual call is very faint ''tseet'' audible only at close range or a series of notes ''chi-chi-chi-chi'' ending with a low ''chit-chit''.


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Status: Least concern
SpeciesM. muttui
Photographed in
Sri Lanka