French: Mignard enchanteur German: Elfenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas duende
Lower Orange River, Cape Province, South Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. scita
(Vieillot, 1818) – SW South Africa (S Northern Cape and NW Western Cape); non-breeding N to S Namibia, S Botswana and occasionally Zimbabwe.
S. s. saturatior
Lawson, 1962 – S South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape); non-breeding also N to W Free State.
S. s. rudebecki
Clancey, 1955 – Lesotho highlands; non-breeding South Africa (Free State, Gauteng highveld, highlands of KwaZulu-Natal).
11–12 cm; 4–8 g. Distinctive flycatcher with long, graduated tail. Male has crown to rump uniform dark blue-grey, very slightly tinged olive; lores, ear-coverts... read more
Mostly silent. Song variable and squeaky, a series of thin “tsee-tsi-zee-tseepy-tsweeu... read more
Breeds in dry Karoo bush and scrub, fynbos (macchia), bushy and woody hillsides, thorn thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects and other small invertebrates, including flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), very small beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds Jul–Dec (peaks Aug–Sept in winter-rainfall areas of SW, and Oct–Nov in summer-rainfall areas) in W Cape and Karoo... read more
Winters throughout most of breeding range, but migratory movements occur. In Botswana and in N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant. May be adversely affected by habitat fragmentation; at Gariep Dam, in Northern Cape, absent from wooded islands, but... read more
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