French: Gobemouche fiscal German: Würgerschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas fiscal
“forests of the Auteniquois” = George, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. lawsoni
Clancey, 1966 – S & SE Botswana and N South Africa (Northern Cape E to North West Province and extreme W Free State).
M. s. silens
(Shaw, 1809) – South Africa from SW Western Cape and Karoo E to Free State, Northern Province and interior KwaZulu-Natal, also W Swaziland and Lesotho lowlands; non-breeding also on coastal plain from S Mozambique S to KwaZulu-Natal.
17–20 cm; 21–37 g. Male nominate race has forehead, crown, lores, cheek, nape and upperparts black with bluish gloss, rump slightly greyer; upperwing black,... read more
Mostly silent; calls very quiet, audible only at close range. Song a long series of phrases made up... read more
Open country with scattered trees, mainly in small, dense clumps of larger trees and thickets;... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, including ants (Formicidae) and foraging harvester termites (Hodotermes mossambicus); also takes moths (... read more
Recorded in all months, but generally starts in Jul, peak Oct–Dec, and few records after Mar. Monogamous; solitary nester,... read more
Resident in parts of range, partial migrant elsewhere. In Botswana, resident around Lobatse, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common over most of its range; scarce in some non-breeding-season bushveld and lowveld habitats. S Mozambique... read more
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