White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri)

The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher is a small bird of 6" (15cm). Its plumage is blue-grey and underparts are pale grey, going to whitish on the belly. Its dark brown eyes appear larger than they really are, due to the broad white 'spectacles' around them. The bill is blue-grey, with a black tip.

The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher is either seen alone, or in pairs. It is a bird that is happy to be near human habitation, perching on low branches in bushes or trees.

The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher eats insects - grasshoppers, beetles, larvae, ants. It is a patient bird, sitting quietly on its perch, waiting for prey to pass by, unlike other Flycatchers. It will swoop to catch mid-air, or on the ground.

The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher is a common resident of highland forest edges, acacia woodlands and well-timbered suburban gardens. Mostly seen in the west of Kenya, between 1400m > 3000m.

Extra Facts
The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher was named scientifically by Gustav Fischer, a German explorer, during his 1882-86 visit to Masai country. He died of bilious fever, contracted during his journey, shortly after returning to Germany.

Photographed in Kenya's Laikipia area, in the front garden of the home of Kuki Gallman, who wrote "I Dreamed of Africa".

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White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher ~ on Nest

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher on nest in tree.