Silverbird (bird)

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For other uses, see Silverbird (disambiguation).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Empidornis
Reichenow, 1901
Species: E. semipartitus
Binomial name
Empidornis semipartitus
(Ruppell, 1840)

The silverbird (Empidornis semipartitus) is a 7 in (180 mm) long passerine bird native to Eastern Africa.


Male silverbird in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

The silverbird is a stunning flycatcher of open areas west of the Rift Valley, silvery grey above and tawny orange below. Juveniles have black-bordered tawny spots on upperparts, mottled buff and black on throats and breasts.

The call of the silverbird uses short phrases which are slightly thrush-like. Sometimes the terminal note is higher and thinner, eee-sleeur-eeee or sweet siursur-eet-seet; also a longer eep-eep churEErip, eep-eep cherip chch chchch eee, embellished with chattering and seep notes.


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