The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Black Flycatcher

Afrikaans name: Swartvlieëvanger

Southern Black Flycatcher

Photo © Steven Herbert

Melaenornis pammelaina

The Southern Black Flycatcher is found from East Africa and Angola to the east coast of South Africa.

It is found in woodland, gardens and forest fringes. It can often be seen in small flocks with birds flying from a perch to catch prey and then return to cover.

The main food item of the Southern Black Flycatcher is insects which it either catches in flight or on the ground. It will also take insects gleaned from leaves. It does, on occasion, eat fruit and nectar.

They make their nest in a sheltered spot in a tree, bush, creeper or other suitable spot. Up to 4 eggs are laid.

Southern Black Flycatcher in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 156

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 281

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 84

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 368

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 342

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 606

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 604

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 474

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 461

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 42

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 296

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 296

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 356

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 262

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 89

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 81

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 54

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 258

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 148

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 62

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 67

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 218

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 102

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 91

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 156

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 234

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 54

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