Old world flycatchers are a family of insect-eating birds. As their name suggests, they are found in the old world: Palaearctic, Afrotropic and Indo-Malayan ecozones. There are 116 species in the family, most of whom have bristles round their beak that help them catch their insect prey. Some flycatchers catch insects on the wing, others hunt for them on the ground.
Scientific name: Muscicapidae
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
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The Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae is a large family of small passerine birds mostly restricted to the Old World (Europe, Africa and Asia). These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, as the name implies, take their prey on the wing.
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