Northern black flycatcher

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Northern black flycatcher
Melaenornis edolioides -Banjul, Gambia-8.jpg
In Banjul, Gambia
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Melaenornis
Species: M. edolioides
Binomial name
Melaenornis edolioides
(Swainson, 1837)

The northern black flycatcher (Melaenornis edolioides) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae.

Range[edit]

This is an insectivorous species which is a resident breeder in tropical Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia and south to Zaire and Tanzania.

Habitat[edit]

The northern black flycatcher is found in moist wooded areas and cultivation. It nests in a hole or reuses the old nest of another species, and lays two or three eggs. Breeding takes place in the wet season.

Description[edit]

The northern black flycatcher is 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long. It is a large upright long-tailed flycatcher. The adult is uniformly black. Juveniles are blackish-brown with buff scaling.

The long square-ended tail helps to distinguish this species from two other all-black insectivores, the fork-tailed drongo and the shorter-tailed and red-eyed square-tailed drongo.

Song[edit]

This flycatcher has a simple musical song and a thin tsee-whee call.

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