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Livingstone's Flycatcher | Erythrocercus livingstonei

The Livingstone's Flycatcher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sylviidae bird family group which includes birds such as Leaf-Warblers, Babblers, Warblers.

The description for the Livingstone's Flycatcher (Latin name Erythrocercus livingstonei) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Erythrocercus livingstonei can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 707 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 777. You will find a picture of the Livingstone's Flycatcher on page 720.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Livingstone's Flycatcher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Livingstone's Flycatcher has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 10 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Erythrocercus livingstonei has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a yellow, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is yellow, green

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

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 nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Livingstone's Flycatcher is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The Livingstone's Flycatcher is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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