small bodied; all black plumage; rather short tail (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Southern Black Flycatcher

Meleanornis pammelaina

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a small all-black flycatcher with a rather straight tip to its tail (not strongly splayed as in drongos); found singly or in pairs in woodlands, grasslands, and suburbia; sallies repeatedly from a post or low branch to catch insects nearby; no sexual dimorphism.

dorsal view; tail only slightly splayed (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

typical perching posture on low branch or fence (South Africa; 2007-06-30)