A common resident from Port Elizabeth northwards along the coastal region of the whole of KZN, Limpopo province, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, the Caprivi and eastern Botswana.
They like any woodland, forest edge, exotic plantations and gardens. These flycatchers are usually in pairs and sometimes small groups of five birds. They catch insects in flight or mostly on the ground. They perch at almost any height above the ground, usually on leafless branches, fence posts or wire. They hop on the ground and sit high on their legs. Nectar of aloes and small fruits are also part of their diet.
The song is a rather thin high pitched tseep – tseep – tsoo with an occasionally lightly pitched trill. They imitate other bird calls.
Breeding takes place from September until January. The nest is a shallow cup of twigs and stems, neatly lined with rootlets. The site chosen can be the top of a broken stump, a tree hollow, top of a drainpipe or the base of a large aloe leaf, even in a bunch of bananas. Usually three pale, greenish-white eggs heavily spotted with brown are laid. Incubation is 13 to 14 days and nestlings remain for 15 days.
The Zulu name is umMbesi and in Afrikaans die swartvlieevanger.
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