Old World flycatcher

family of birds
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Old World flycatcher is the name for many small birds that usually feed on insects. They are a large family, the Muscicapidae, of small passerine birds

As the name suggests, these birds only occur in the Old World (Europe, Asia, and Africa). The group is related to the common sparrow.

These are mainly small insectivores. Many of them, as the name suggests, take their prey on the wing. The family includes 324 species and is divided into 51 genera.[1]


  1. Gill, Frank & Donsker, David eds 2016. Chats, Old World flycatchers, in World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union.