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Flycatcher: Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Fan-tailed Flycatcher)

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Flycatcher: Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Fan-tailed Flycatcher)

Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:33 am

Marloth Park, July 2010

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Not a great photo, but it shows the typical behaviour of the Grey Tit-Flycatcher. This fanning of the tail is one of the pointers that can be used to distinguish between this Flycatcher and the similar looking Ashy Flycatcher. The Grey Tit-Flycatcher is a busy little bird, actively foraging in the tree canopies (making it quite difficult to get a good photo :wall: ).
Another feature to look out for is the white outer tail feathers.

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Re: Flycatcher: Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Fan-tailed Flycatcher)

Unread post by Ferdelance » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:47 pm

Got my Lifer this past trip to Kruger. Had a Grey tit flycatcher wizing around the tree tops at lake panic! The white outer tail feathers the giveaway.
Stiffneck on the loose.....
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Re: Flycatcher: Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Fan-tailed Flycatcher)

Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:33 am

Nice sighting, Ferdelance 8)

We have not had a chance to visit our bush house since the beginning of July when I took the above pic. The weekend of 28 August, 2 months later, was the first time we again could visit Marloth….and Mr./Mrs. Fantail was around the entire weekend, so it seems we have a resident now.
As I mentioned before, it is just so difficult to get a photo….very active birdie.

28 August, Marloth Park

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29 August, Marloth Park

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Great Dane » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:30 pm

Next up is this fairly long-tailed LBJ, fits Cape Wagtail on many accounts, but misses the dark breast band :?
Again seen on campsite, was very active jumping from branch to branch. Didn't stay long.

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Thanks in advance, Michael

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by mel123 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:50 am

Great Dane wrote:Next up is this fairly long-tailed LBJ, fits Cape Wagtail on many accounts, but misses the dark breast band :?
Again seen on campsite, was very active jumping from branch to branch. Didn't stay long.

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Thanks in advance, Michael

Hi, I think this is a Grey-tit flycatcher, which is a nice tick!
The white outer tail feathers and fanning of the tail (seen in one photograph) as well as behaviour fits. A wagtail is normally found on the ground. It wouldn't be hopping about in a tree, so the bird's behaviour also helps us in IDing it. :thumbs_up:

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Great Dane » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:33 am

Thanks a million for the input Mel 8)

mel123 wrote:Hi, I think this is a Grey-tit flycatcher, which is a nice tick!
The white outer tail feathers and fanning of the tail (seen in one photograph) as well as behaviour fits. A wagtail is normally found on the ground. It wouldn't be hopping about in a tree, so the bird's behaviour also helps us in IDing it. :thumbs_up:

Googling it and looking at the Grey-tit flycatcher topic here on this site I guess you are right :dance:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:17 pm

I would also go with Grey Tit-flycatcher.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:08 pm

Saw this bird near Lower Sabie on Monday. What made me take notice was the tail - very dark in the middle and white outer feathers. Obviously it refused to show the tail when I pointed the camera.
It is a flycatcher - perhaps a Grey Tit-flycatcher?

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:18 pm

The pix are of two different birds, Karin. The first and second IDs offered are both spot-on captions for each pic! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:53 pm

Thanks for confirming - the Grey Tit-flycatcher is a lifer - always nice to add another to the list! :dance:


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