Saturday, January 22, 2011


The Brown-breasted Flycatcher or Layard's Flycatcher (Muscicapa muttui) 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.

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 marke 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.

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