Vanga or Black-and-White Shrike Flycatcher

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The Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher or Vanga Flycatcher, is a species of passerine bird found in Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is often placed with the wattle-eyes and batises in the Platysteiridae family but may be more closely related to the woodshrikes and helmetshrikes.

I first bumped into the female of this “special” species while birding the lowland forests of Mozambique in 2015. I still need to get a photograph of the male.


Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 12 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 12 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 12 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 13 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 12 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 13 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 12 October 2015 Vanga (or Black-and-White Shrike) Flycatcher / Coutada 11, Mozambique / 13 October 2015
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