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Southern Black Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Melaenornis pammelaina
Photo by: safariranger
Photo taken: Nylstoom, South Africa May, 2009


Plumage and bare parts black; eye brown. The tail is square.

Similar Species

Does not show the graduated tail of Northern Black-Flycatcher. Eyes are dark brown in contrast to the red eyes of of in-range Drongos such as Fork-tailed Drongo and Square-tailed Drongo.


Sub-Saharan Africa, east of 10°E.


Melaenornis pammelaina has five subspecies:[1]

  • M. p. ater
  • M. p. pammelaina
  • M. p. diabolicus
  • M. p. tropicalis
  • M. p. poliogynus


Open woodland.


Utilize branches and similar perches from which is captures prey mainly on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1

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