- Melaenornis edolioides
20 cm long. Black. If seen in a front view, the tail is graduated. Juveniles are blackish-brown with buff scaling.
Southern Black-Flycatcher is very similar but lacks the graduated tail (except if in moult).
Three subspecies are recognized.
- M.e. edolioides
- M.e. lugubris
- M.e. schistaceus
Moist wooded areas and cultivation.
It nests in a hole, or reuses the old nest of another species, and lays 2-3 eggs. Breeding takes place in the wet season.
Diet includes insects.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Birdforum thread mentioning the graduated tail (post 14)