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pale flycatcher

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Pale flycatchers (Bradornis pallidus), or pallid flycatchers, favour broad-leaved woodlands with a thick understorey, open bush and woodlands and are attracted to burnt ground. Although they are often found singly or in pairs, small groups of up to 12 are not uncommon.

Distribution: Common in north central and north-eastern Namibia including Kaudom Park, Tsumkwe, Kwando River, Chobe River/Linyati Swamp regions and Bwabwata National Park.

Diet: Swoops and hovers for ants, beetles, flies, bugs and occasionally takes fruit.

Description: A medium-sized flycatcher with a slender bill, a drab plumage and long but rounded wings. Bradornis is a Greek meaning for 'a slow or sluggish bird', as it spends much of its time on the ground, prompting some experts to believe it might not be a flycatcher at all.

Breeding: The pale flycatcher is one of the few of its kind that a male does not sing to the female when nest construction is under way. From 2 to 4 eggs are laid from August to January and incubated for 14 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 21g.

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