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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

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 258

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 54

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

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 156

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 218

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

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 62

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

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 262

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 296

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 296

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 281

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 461

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 474

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 - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 342

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 84

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 156

List of South African Birds

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