male; black-and-white plumage pattern (South Africa; 2007-06-28)

Fiscal Flycatcher
Sigelus silens

Native Range: Africa

Notes: superficially similar to shrikes (Laniidae), but in an entirely different taxonomic family (Muscicapidae); this species bears an especially close resemblance to the sympatrically distributed Common Fiscal, which is indeed a true shrike.

frontal view of male; note small unhooked bill (South Africa; 2007-06-28)

female; she is grey where the male is black (South Africa; 2007-06-28)