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White-tailed Blue Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by safariranger
Location: Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia

Alternative name: Blue-and-white Crested-Flycatcher

Elminia albicauda

For the species Cyornis concretus, see White-tailed Flycatcher

Identification

Male is cobalt blue above and on the throat, paler below, long tail. Females and immatures are greyer, with a narrow band of blue on edges of wing and tail-feathers.

Distribution

Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with African Blue Flycatcher, but has white (not uniform blue) outertail and paler breast that contrasts with darker mantle. Ranges do not overlap.

Habitat

Forests and dry savanna.

Behaviour

The diet includes insects.

A compact, cup-shaped nest is built and 1-2 white eggs are laid. Both parents feed the young, with help from nonbreeding adults or immatures in the group.

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