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southern black flycatcher

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Southern black flycatchers (Melaenornis pammelaina) occur in broad-leaved and Acacia woodland. They are abundant in knob-thorn woodland and common in mopane woodland.

Distribution: North-eastern Namibia only including Kaudom Game Park, Bwabwata National Park, Linyanti Marshes and the Chobe/Zambezi River systems.

Diet: Foraging is primarily conducted from a perch for flying insects outside of the tree canopy. Also eats termites, beetles, spiders, worms and centipedes. Takes berries from the black nightshade.

Description: A large flycatcher with round wings and a fairly long tail. Other features include a black plumage with a greenish gloss (pammelaina is Greek for 'altogether olive').

Breeding: From 2 to 4 eggs are laid in either May or from August to January. Incubation is from 13 to 16 days.

Size: 21cm. Weight: 30g.

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