NAIROBI, KENYA — Well, it’s a quiet weekend “at home” in Nairobi. (No, I haven’t moved here, but I’m living here for the next several weeks.) Watching birds from my balcony this morning, I saw several of the common residents that are quickly becoming familiar: Red-billed Firefinch, Variable Sunbird, Streaky Seedeater and Dusky Turtle Dove. And these two lovely flycatchers:
African Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone viridis. This is a monarch flycatcher, allied with crows and birds-of-paradise.
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Dioptrornis fischeri. This is a muscicapid flycatcher (also called “Old World” flycatchers). Muscicapids are allied with thrushes in the Passerida.
Paradise flycatchers are totally hot. I love the electric blue bill and orbital ring. Adult males have dramatically elongated central tail feathers (this individual does not). Birds are rufous or rufous and white above, but some adult males are pure black-and-white. I haven’t seen any white morphs around Nairobi yet, but I have seen them in Cameroon and Ethiopia. Spectacular!
- Nairobi National Park: Birds and beasts of the Athi-Kapiti ecosystem
- African Paradise Flycatcher
- Black Kite, Milvus migrans
- Variable Sunbird, Cinnyris venustus
- Black Sparrowhawk