Ashy Flycatcher Fraseria caerulescens

Barry Taylor, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Nárgila Moura
Version: 1.1 — Published June 25, 2020


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Very little information.

First Brood

Most data on timing of breeding comes from Erard (1), unless otherwise noted. Breeds in December in Nigeria, October in Gabon, and February–June and September–November in Democratic Republic of the Congo; January and November in Rwanda, and February, May, June, and August–November in East Africa; October (also spotted young in January and November) in Angola; September–November in Malawi (9), September–December in Zambia and Botswana, September–January in Zimbabwe (10), and October–December in South Africa.

Nest Site

Selection Process

No information.


Little information.

Site Characteristics

The nest is usually placed about 5 m (2–15 m) up a tree in a crevice, or in shallow open cavity in the trunk or branch, in a narrow fork, or sometimes on a ledge or in hole in wall (1).


Construction Process

Nest built by both sexes (1).

Structure and Composition

The nest is a bulky cup of moss, dry grass, matted fibers, rootlets, shredded bark, and debris from webs of spiders and caterpillars, lined with finer material (1).


Outside diameter 11–18 cm, cup diameter 45–50 mm, depth 25–28 mm.


No information.

Maintenance or reuse of Nests

In Zimbabwe, one record of a new nest being built over an old nest (1).

Nonbreeding Nests

No information.



Mean size 19 x 14.5 mm (1).


Described by Erard (1) as "glossy; creamy white to light buff, finely speckled yellowish brown or reddish."

Clutch Size

Usually 2–3 eggs (11, 1).


The incubation lasts 14 days (1). No other information.

Parental Care

Chicks fed by both parents (1); duration of the nestling period is not known. No other information.

Recommended Citation

Taylor, B., P. F. D. Boesman, and N. Moura (2020). Ashy Flycatcher (Fraseria caerulescens), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.ashfly1.01.1