Appearance There are 14 species of Flycatcher and 7 species of Monarch Flycatcher found in Kenya. Flycatchers are small, mostly tree-living birds, with flattened, almost triangular-shaped bills. Except for the Semi-collared, Collared and Pied Flycatchers, both sexes are similar, either grey or brown upperparts and greyish underparts. Monarch Flycatchers, except the Little Yellow Flycatcher, have crests and long, graduated tails. Their bills are broad and flat. Mostly, the sexes are similar.
Habits Flycatchers are usually seen on their own or in pairs, perched on branches, patiently waiting for food to come by.
Diet Flycatchers and Monarch Flycatchers eat mostly flying insects. Most, hawking them from the air, some gleaning from the canopy foliage and other Flycatchers occasionally fly to the ground.
Resident Flycatchers are seen all over Kenya, wherever there is sufficient cover and food. Some are resident, others, paleartic migrants. Monarch Flycatchers are generally only seen in central and the western-half of Kenya.
Extra Flycatchers Facts Flycatchers have unimpressive zitting or buzzing calls.
Photographs Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi NP, Olare Orok Conservancy, and Kuki Gallman's Ol Ari Nyiro Ranch.