Fiscal Flycatcher

Fiscal Flycatcher

Many people are familiar with the Fiscal Shrike but not as many are familiar with the Fiscal Flycatcher and may even confuse the two. At a glance they look the same. Both are black on top, white underneath and have a white bar in their wing. The Fiscal Shrike is much bigger than the Fiscal Flycatcher and is normally seen perched on telephone wires, walls, and other exposed perches. The flycatcher prefers to stay near vegetation but may be seen perched on an outer branch of a tree or shrub.

Where can the Fiscal Flycatcher be found?

Fiscal Flycatcher’s may be found in most places in South Africa, but the area should have plenty of vegetation. They are particularly fond of parks and gardens which offer them cover, breeding sites and these places tend to attract insects. They are normally found singly or in pairs, but groups may be seen together in a fruit tree outside of the breeding season.

Insects are their favourite food, but they can also be attracted to feeding tables by putting out bone-meal. When hunting insects, they perch in a spot where they can see some open ground below them and then fly down to catch their unsuspecting prey. Often, they will return to the same perch to eat the insect. Besides insects and bone-meal, they will sometimes eat a bit of fruit and aloe nectar.

Breeding notes

Fiscal Flycatcher’s may nest in your garden if they find a suitable site for the nest. They usually make their nest in the fork of a tree, often in a concealed location. The normal clutch size is 3 eggs which are incubated by the female. During this time the male brings food to her. After two weeks or so the eggs hatch and the chicks are then fed by both male and female.

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