Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher at Cape Nanhui, Shanghai

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Microforest 1 (30.923889, 121.971635), 4 Sept. Cyornis brunneatus is a very scarce vagrant to the Shanghai coast. The species breeds in southeast China and has been recorded breeding on Tianma Mountain in western Shanghai. The species winters in Malaysia and Indonesia. (Craig Brelsford)
Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher
I shoot in manual mode for fuller control. Here, using my Nikon D3S and Nikon 600 mm f/4, I chose the following settings: 1/160, f/11, ISO 1250. I used no tripod; instead, I steadied my rig on my knee. (Craig Brelsford)

by Craig Brelsford
Founder, shanghaibirding.com

After nearly 10 years in Shanghai and countless visits to Cape Nanhui, I still occasionally score life birds there, a testament to the richness of the hot spot. Such was the case 4 Sept. with Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher. The bird, an adult, was in Microforest 1 (30.923889, 121.971635).

Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher is a scarce vagrant to the Shanghai coast. Cyornis brunneatus breeds in southeast China, including interior Shanghai and the Tianmu Mountains, and spends the winter in peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

The IUCN lists the species as Vulnerable because of the loss of mature primary lowland forest throughout its range.
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Craig Brelsford

Craig Brelsford is the founder of shanghaibirding.com. Brelsford lived in Shanghai from 2007 to 2018. When he left China, Brelsford was the top-ranked eBirder in China (930+ species) and Shanghai (320+ species). Now back home in Florida, Brelsford maintains close ties to the Shanghai birding community and continues to make shanghaibirding.com better than ever. Brelsford is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned a master's in business administration at the University of Liege, Belgium.

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