Jeepers guys, I can agree that Niall's pic is of a Chat Flycatcher but DQ's bird still looks like a Familiar Chat to me. Obviously the size isn't apparent from the picture but there is just nothing about the bird that suggest Chat Flycatcher to me. The bill looks like the typical needle-like bill of a Chat, the tail looks bang on the money for Familiar Chat and there are none of the ID features for CF visible.
Seriously now, I'm still waiting for someone to point out why this bird is a Chat Flycatcher, not just why it isn't a Familiar Chat. You don't identify a bird by deciding what it's not
1. Chat Fycatcher has pale underparts with browner flanks, Niall's picture shows this well but there is none of that on DQ's.
2. The primary feathers of Chat Flycatcher has a somewhat unique shading with the leading edges (and specifically towards the base of the feathers) being much paler than the rest of the feathers. This gives the wing at rest the appearance of a pale panel which is usually the first feature that I look for in Chat Flycatcher. Niall's pic also shows this feature but not DQ's. Even the secondaries, tertials and scapulars have pale fringing giving the wing a rather more streaked appearance than Familar Chat.
Have a look at this picture
of a classical Chat Flycatcher that illustrates both the above features well. Also have a look at this picture
that shows the shading of the primary feathers well, explaining where the pale panel comes from.
3. Finally, Chat Flycatcher has a uniform dark brown tail with a slight rufous tinge at best. The outer tail retrices are, if anything, paler than the rest of the tail and with good views shows a thin cream coloured line along the outer edge of the tail. You can actually see this on DQ's pic and on both the pics linked above. DQ's pic shows the classical rufous outer tail feathers (more than just the outer edge of one feather but more like two or three feathers) extending two thirds down the length of the tail.
So I'm going to be really mean and return to my original question
Why is this a Chat Flycatcher and not a Familiar Chat?
and yes, please spoonfeed me