White-eyed slaty flycatcher

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White-eyed slaty flycatcher
Melaenornis fischeri1.jpg
Adult of M. f. fischeri
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Melaenornis
Species: M. fischeri
Binomial name
Melaenornis fischeri
Reichenow, 1884
Synonyms

Dioptrornis fischeri

Photographed at Bwindi NP, Uganda

The white-eyed slaty flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri) is a small passerine bird of the genus Melaenornis in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.

It is native to the African highlands from Ethiopia and Kenya through East Africa to eastern Zaire and Malawi. In Kenya it is mostly absent from the east and the north of the country. It is a highland bird that is common in wooded habitats, including gardens.

It is a very distinctive bird normally seen singly or in pairs. White-eyed slaty flycatchers are frequently spotted either hawking for insects or taking them from the ground. They perch with an upright pose on branches, stumps, signposts.

The binomial commemorates the German explorer Gustav Adolf Fischer.

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