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Southern Black Flycatcher

Afrikaans name: Swartvlieëvanger

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Southern Black Flycatcher - note the shape of the tail

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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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