Fan-tailed or Grey Tit Flycatcher

    Myioparus plumbeus

    Localised and uncommon in South Africa, this long-tailed flycatcher with its white outer tail feathers, is always an exciting find within our borders. It is more slender and apalis-like than the other small flycatchers and is known for constantly fanning and rotating its tail as it forages in the canopy.

    If you have ever tried to photograph one of these little birds, you will know how frustrating this can be, given their desire to be constantly on the move. I am still waiting for a real keeper as a result.

    We first recorded this species in April 2010 in Ndumo Game Reserve. My best spot to see it near Gauteng is Borakalalo National Park, (about 2 hours from Johannesburg) where I often see them on the road to and from the picnic spot.


Grey Tit Flycatcher / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 March 2014 Grey Tit Flycatcher / Bonamanzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 March 2014 Fan-tailed or Grey Tit Flycatcher / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa
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