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African Dusky Flycatcher

muscicapa adusta


A smaller fly catcher described as being on average 10cm long. They are skilled flyers and being small and more compact, tend to excell in wooded and forested areas with acess to water. The food of choice is insects that are more often than not taken on the wing. They prefer cavites in trees which are usually re- used the next mating year and they mate for life. Their nests are untidy cup shapes and they will use empty nests if available especially from starling or weaver birds.


Forest and wooded area in deep shade with a river or water source.


Bird seen landing after catchinng a moth or butterfly in flight. Dark photography conditions helped by streams of sunlight but the subject had to be photographed quickly hence a slight drop in quality.

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Hi Neil, Thank you for your kind words. We were down for a wedding and it was very beautiful. I had not been down that way in a while and i have missed it. Amazing how little we explore our own back yards and it takes an occasion to get us out and about. :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Great spotting, Michael. I always enjoy your description and notes too. I recall Stellenbosch and surrounds as being a very beautiful part of the Western Cape.

Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Stellenbosch Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 19, 2018
Submitted on Dec 29, 2018

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