Ussher’s Flycatcher / Bradornis ussheri

Ussher\'s Flycatcher / Bradornis ussheri

Ussher's Flycatcher

SCI Name:  Bradornis ussheri
Protonym:  Artomyias ussheri Ibis p.416
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Muscicapidae /
Taxonomy Code:  ussfly1
Type Locality:  Abrobonko, Fantee (= Fanti), Gold Coast.
Publish Year:  1871
IUCN Status:  


(Muscicapidae; Ϯ Mariqua Flycatcher B. mariquensis) Gr. βραδυς bradus  slow, sluggish; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "BRADORNIS* MARIQUENSIS.  — SMITH.   ...   Having failed to discover a proper place for this bird in any of the constituted groups of Brachypodinæ, I have considered it and another species, a little larger, as typical of a new group in the short-legged thrushes. The manners and mode of feeding of both species are much alike; they seek their food generally in dense thickets, and when in quest of it, move languidly from branch to branch. They usually observe a horizontal course, and unless the underwood in which they are discovered be limited, they are rarely noticed either to ascend or descend to any great extent. Their food consists of insects." (A. Smith 1847); "Bradornis H. [sic] Smith, Illustr. Zool. S. Afr., Aves, pl. 113, 1847.  Type by original designation, Bradornis mariquensis Smith." (W. Sclater, 1930, Syst. Av. Aethiop., II, p. 405).
Var. Bradyornis.
Synon. Artomyias, Myopornis, Pedilorhynchus, Sericolius.

Herbert Taylor Ussher (1836-1880) British diplomat at the Gold Coast 1866-1872, Gov. of Labuan, Borneo 1875-1879, Gov. of Gold Coast 1879-1880 (syn. Baeopogon indicator leucurus, BradornisErythropitta, subsp. Indicator minor, subsp. Pholidornis rushiae, Scotopelia, syn. Sylvia borin, subsp. Tchagra australis, Telacanthura).