Marico Flycatcher

Scientific Name:
Melaenornis mariquensis
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Marico Flycatcher

The Marico Flycatcher (Melaenornis mariquensis) is a small bird species found in southern Africa.


Marico Flycatchers inhabit a variety of wooded habitats, including savannas, woodlands, scrublands, and riverine forests. They are often found in areas with dense vegetation, such as thickets, shrubs, and riparian habitats. These flycatchers prefer habitats with nearby water sources, where they can find insects for food and suitable nesting sites. They are commonly found in countries such as Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.


Marico Flycatchers are relatively small birds, measuring approximately 15 to 17 centimeters (6 to 7 inches) in length. They have a compact body with a short tail, a round head, and a short, straight bill. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown on the upperparts, with a pale throat and breast, and a whitish belly. They have distinctive pale wing bars and a white patch on the side of the tail. Best Viewing The best places to view Marico Flycatchers are in wooded habitats with dense vegetation and nearby water sources. Look for them perched on tree branches or shrubs, where they hunt for insects and sing their melodious songs. These flycatchers are often seen darting out from their perches to catch flying insects and then returning to the same or nearby perch.