SPECIES

Ashy Flycatcher Fraseria caerulescens

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

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Nestling Ashy Flycatchers.
Juvenile Ashy Flycatcher.

Upperparts are heavily spotted dark brown and buff, upperwing-coverts tipped buff, underparts heavily mottled blackish-brown.

Juvenile Ashy Flycatcher molting into Formative Plumage.

Formative Plumage is similar to Adult Plumage, but with buff tips on greater upperwing coverts and tertials (tertials edged cream on outer web); mottled undertail coverts sometimes retained.

Ashy Flycatcher.

Chin and throat very pale gray; breast and flanks pale gray, shading to white on center of belly and undertail-coverts. Thighs are gray and tail is brownish black; the feathers with slate-gray outer edges.

Ashy Flycatcher.

Crown and upperparts, including ear-coverts, neck-sides, and scapulars bluish-gray.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies nigrorum).

Slightly paler than brevicauda, but more mouse-gray above.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies nigrorum).

More uniform below than brevicauda.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies brevicauda).

Darker than nominate, more slate-gray above and grayer below.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies brevicauda).
Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies cinereola).

Paler than brevicauda (intermediate between brevicauda and impavida).

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies cinereola).
Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies impavida).

Paler than vulturna, upperparts more ashy, less blue, and underparts more uniformly whitish.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies impavida).
Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies vulturna).

Paler above than nominate, throat and belly purer white.

Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies vulturna).
Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies caerulescens).
Ashy Flycatcher (presumed subspecies caerulescens).
Ashy Flycatcher sunbathing.
Ashy Flycatcher presumably sunbathing.
Ashy Flycatcher at nest.

Nest place in an open cavity in tree trunk.

Ashy Flycatcher on nest.

Nest was c.1.8m high in a tree hollow, open to elements, where tree had been damaged.

Ashy Flycatcher on nest.

Nest in narrow fork of tree.

Ashy Flycatcher chick in nest.

Nest on ledge.

Ashy Flycatcher nest with nestling.

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

Both parents at nest.

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