French: Gobemouche de Fischer German: Bergdrongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Fischer
Mount Meru, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. fischeri
(Reichenow, 1884) – SE South Sudan (mountains of Imatong, Dongotona and Didinga), NE & E Uganda, W & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
M. f. semicinctus
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1916) – NE DRCongo (highlands W of L Albert).
M. f. toruensis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) – E DRCongo (Kivu S to Itombwe), SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
M. f. nyikensis
(Shelley, 1899) – E DRCongo (Marungu Highlands), Malawi, extreme NE Zambia (W Nyika Plateau) and E & S Tanzania.
15 cm; 16–33 g. Nominate race has forehead, crown, ear-coverts, nape, hindneck, side of neck, and upperparts dark bluish-grey; broad eyering whitish-grey; upperwing and... read more
Song a high-pitched, thin, sweet simple phrase, “tsp, swee-oo-sweetoo”, varying only in... read more
Dense montane forest, more at edge than in interior; also woodland, trees in villages, and ... read more
Food and feeding
Eats grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantidae), beetles (of family Scarabaeidae), noctuid moths (Lepidoptera), ants and... read more
Indications of breeding in Feb, May–Jun and Aug in DRCongo, and breeds in Sept–Oct in Zambia and Malawi; in E Africa in all... read more
No evidence for movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya; quite common in Rwanda and Burundi. In Kenya, density of this species around Nairobi increased greatly in 1940s... read more
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