Ashy Flycatcher Fraseria caerulescens

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

Diet and Foraging

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Main Foods Taken

Mainly insects, but sometimes berries (6).

Microhabitat for Foraging

Usually forages in the upper levels of vegetation, between the treetops and under canopy (1).

Food Capture and Consumption

Sits upright on exposed perches, from which makes short circular flights to catch flying insects, or hovers to snatch prey from foliage; occasionally gleans foliage and bark. Active, moving around constantly (1).


Major Food Items

Feed mostly on insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), adult and larval lepidopterans (especially moths), winged ants (Formicidae), and termites (Isoptera); sometimes small fruit (6); rarely, geckos up to 5 cm long taken. Invertebrate prey 5–35 mm, mostly 15–20 mm (1).

Quantitative Analysis

No 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