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Southern Black Flycatcher

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Melaenornis pammelaina
Photo by: safariranger Photo taken: Nylstoom, South Africa May, 2009
Photo by: safariranger
Photo taken: Nylstoom, South Africa May, 2009


[edit] Identification

Plumage and bare parts black; eye brown. The tail is square.

[edit] Similar Species

Does not show the graduated tail of Northern Black-Flycatcher. Eyes are dark brown in contrast to the red eyes of of in-range Drongos such as Fork-tailed Drongo and Square-tailed Drongo.

[edit] Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa, east of 10°E.

[edit] Taxonomy

Melaenornis pammelaina has five subspecies:[1]

  • M. p. ater
  • M. p. pammelaina
  • M. p. diabolicus
  • M. p. tropicalis
  • M. p. poliogygna

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

Utilize branches and similar perches from which is captures prey mainly on the ground.

[edit] References

  1. 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.
  2. Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1

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