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Makira Flycatcher

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Alternative names: Ochre-headed Flycatcher; San Cristobal Flycatcher; Ochre-tailed Flycatcher, Red-tailed Flycatcher, San Cristobal Myiagra Flycatcher

Myiagra cervinicauda

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[edit] Identification

13-14 cm, a small flycatcher.

[edit] Male

  • Black head, breast and upperparts, with greenish-blue gloss
  • White underparts
  • Dark eye
  • Greyish eye
  • Dark grey legs

[edit] Female

  • Grey head and hindneck
  • Brownish back, wing and tail
  • Fawn rump and underside of tail
  • Rufous throat and underparts

Immature similar to female.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Makira (San Cristobal) in the southeastern Solomon Islands.
A restricted-range species. Still common in suitable habitat but extensive logging has reduced the habitat of the species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Sometimes considered to form a superspecies with Leaden Flycatcher, Steel-blue Flycatcher, Melanesian Flycatcher, Vanikoro Flycatcher and Samoan Flycatcher.

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland and montane forests up to 700 m. Commoner at higher elevations.
Rare in degraded habitats.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on arthropods. Forages quietly in the forest canopy.

[edit] Breeding

Poorly known. One breeding record in June, the nest was placed in an isolated tree in a forest clearing and the pair was feeding one large chick.

[edit] Movements

A sedentary species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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