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Southern Black Flycatcher

Afrikaans name: Swartvlieëvanger

Southern Black Flycatcher

Photo © Steven Herbert

Melaenornis pammelaina

The Southern Black Flycatcher is found from East Africa and Angola to the east coast of South Africa.

It is found in woodland, gardens and forest fringes. It can often be seen in small flocks with birds flying from a perch to catch prey and then return to cover.

The main food item of the Southern Black Flycatcher is insects which it either catches in flight or on the ground. It will also take insects gleaned from leaves. It does, on occasion, eat fruit and nectar.

They make their nest in a sheltered spot in a tree, bush, creeper or other suitable spot. Up to 4 eggs are laid.

Southern Black Flycatcher in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 54

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 91

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 67

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 148

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 81

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 606

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 604

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 368

List of South African Birds

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