IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

Distribution

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Range Description

Muscicapa tessmanni is found in West Africa where it is known from Sierra Leone; Liberia; Cte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Nigeria, from which there have been no recent records (Elgood et al. 1994); Cameroon; the Democratic Republic of Congo, and mainland Equatorial Guinea (Dowsett 1993). It is reportedly rare throughout its range although it is locally common in at least some areas, e.g. in and around Bia National Park, west Ghana (Dowsett-Lemaire and Dowsett 2005). It has possibly been overlooked owing to its similarities with Dusky-blue Flycatcher M. comitata, the two species often occurring together, although M. tessmanni has a more restricted range and is much less common (Holbech 1996, F. Dowsett-Lemaire and R. Dowsett in litt. 2007). The two species are often confused and this identification issue clouds its status (F. Dowsett-Lemaire and R. Dowsett in litt. 2007). Although it is wide ranging, it is only locally common and its apparent rarity over much of its range is as yet unexplained.

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