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Marico flycatcher

Marico flycatcher
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 0:10
Viewed: 4095
Points: 2
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The Marico Flycatcher (Bradornis mariquensis) is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Muscicapidae bird family group which includes birds such as Thrushes, Robins, Chats and Old World Flycatchers.
The Marico Flycatcher is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures.
The Marico Flycatcher has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 24 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black.
The Marico Flycatcher is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage. This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits.
The Marico Flycatcher is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured green. The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

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This is a very good shot of the small bird. Great detail and blurred bg. Nice catch in the eye.

TFS - bob

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