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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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Stellenbosch Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -33.92, Long: 18.94

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

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