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 Post subject: Flycatcher, Southern Black
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:28 pm 
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The Southern Black Flycatcher, Melaenornis pammelaina, is a quiet, resident bird that hunts singly or in pairs from perches in open wooded areas. This flycatcher is often seen in the company of fork-tailed drongos that it resembles superficially. The drongos are distinguishable by their red eyes and typically forked tails.

This flycatcher hunts prey on the ground three out of four times with the rest of prey caught on the wing or gleaning the tree trunks. In tough times it will resort to eating nectar and fruit.

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 Post subject: Re: Flycatcher, Southern Black
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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This was not taken in Kruger, can anyone help me with an id please? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Oh cool, was it taken in Malaysia or somewhere like that then?

It is an immature bird, I'll need to look a little longer and harder....


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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....possibly immature Southern Black Flycatcher.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Niall,
The pic was taken by a friend of mine in the Umfolozi Game Reserve, Kwa Zulu Natal.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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My guess is.....European Starling[non breeding/immature-hence the black beak] 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I agree with Kooscra on the European Starling. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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No, the bird is definitely not a European Starling. Not only is the bill black (it would be yellow or dull greenish in non-breeding/juv) but it is also the completely wrong shape and size for European Starling. The Starling has a fairly big and long bill with a very sharp tip. This bill clearly belongs to an insect eater.

It would be very difficult to say with absolute certainty based on this one picture but I'd think that Niall is quite correct in it being a Southern Black Flycatcher.

You can see Southern Black Flycatchers in similar plumage here:
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http://www.birdquest.net/afbid/imgdata/ ... 296095.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.birdquest.net/afbid/imgdata/ ... 734337.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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deefstes, thanks for the links! :thumbs_up: I'll pass the info on to my friend :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Is this a European thrush? It's the only thing I can think of, and cannot find it in my books here. Or is just a juvenile/female that is not depicted in the books I have?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Deefstes,I agree on Southern Black Flycatcher. :thumbs_up: The second pic looks like the same species? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I did not look at previous posts when I posted my pic - but it looks like the same speices????

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thats a young Southern Black Flycatcher.......

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I am not sure if this is a Forktailed drongo as the tail does not look like a normal Forktailed one - sorry but this is the only photo of the tail from the back. The eye around the pupil seems red but its not clearly visible in this small version.

Is this a Forktailed drongo?

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