Malawi, September-October 2008

Page 10: Flycatchers, Chats & Robins

All dates between 22nd and 30th relate to September, all dates from 1st to 10th relate to October.

 

Pale Flycatcher (Pallid Flycatcher) Bradornis pallidus [2]

1 just inside the entrance to Nyika on 4th and 1 not much further into the park on 7th.

Pale Flycatcher, Nyika, 4-Oct-08 Pale Flycatcher, Nyika, 4-Oct-08
Pale Flycatcher, Nyika, 4-Oct-08  

Pale Flycatcher, Nyika, 4th October

 

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri [1]

1 on the edge of Zovo-Chipolo Forest (Nyika) 6th.

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Nyika, 6-Oct-08 White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Nyika, 6-Oct-08

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Nyika, 6th October

 

Boehm's Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens [1]

1-2 Dzalanyama 1st. I can't find any other photos of this species anywhere on the Internet; it's not nearly so richly coloured as the description and illustration in the Sinclair & Ryan field guide but apparently this is ok.

Boehm's Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 1-Oct-08 Boehm's Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 1-Oct-08

Boehm's Flycatcher(s), Dzalanyama, 1st October

 

Dusky Flycatcher (African Dusky Flycatcher) Muscicapa adusta [9]

1 Zomba Forest Lodge 27th, Satemwa Guest House (Thyolo) 29th, 2 Dzalanyama 1st-2nd (nesting just outside the Lodge) and at Nyika 2 4th and 3 7th.

Dusky Flycatcher, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08 Dusky Flycatcher, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08

Dusky Flycatcher, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27th September

 

Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 1-Oct-08 Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 1-Oct-08
Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08 Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08
Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08 Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08
Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08 Dusky Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2-Oct-08

Dusky Flycatchers, Dzalanyama, 1st-2nd October

 

Ashy Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens [4]

2 Malosa 23rd, 1 Liwonde 24th-25th and 1 Dzalanyama 1st.

Ashy Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 1-Oct-08 Ashy Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 1-Oct-08

Ashy Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 1st October

 

Grey Tit-Flycatcher (Lead-coloured Flycatcher) Myioparus plumbeus [1]

1 Dzalanyama 2nd.

Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 2-Oct-08 Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 2-Oct-08

Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 2nd October

 

White-starred Robin (Starred Robin) Pogonocichla stellata [4]

1 Ku Chawe (Zomba Plateau) 27th, 1 Ruo Gorge (Mulanje) 28th and a juvenile there 29th; another juvenile Thyolo Mountain 30th.

White-starred Robin, Thyolo, 30-Sep-08 White-starred Robin, Thyolo, 30-Sep-08

juvenile White-starred Robin, Thyolo Mountain, 30th September

 

Cape Robin-Chat (Cape Robin) Cossypha caffra [8]

3 Ku Chawe (Zomba Plateau) 27th and up to 5 Nyika (mostly around Chelinda) 5th-6th.

Cape Robin-Chat, Ku Chawe, 27-Sep-08 Cape Robin-Chat, Ku Chawe, 27-Sep-08

Cape Robin-Chat, Ku Chawe (Zomba Plateau), 27th September

 

Cape Robin-Chat, Nyika, 5-Oct-08  

Cape Robin-Chat, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau), 5th October

 

White-browed Robin-Chat (Heuglin's Robin) Cossypha heuglini [11]

Very much a garden bird: 3 Malosa 23rd, 1 Zomba Forest Lodge 27th, singles Satemwa Tea Estate (Thyolo) 29th and 30th, 1 Dzalanyama 2nd, 1 Makuzi Lodge 8th and up to 3 Cool Runnings (Senga Bay) 9th-10th.

White-browed Robin-Chat, Malosa, 23-Sep-08 White-browed Robin-Chat, Senga Bay, 9-Oct-08

Whtie-browed Robin-Chat, Malosa, 23rd September

 

Whtie-browed Robin-Chat, Senga Bay, 9th October

 

Red-capped Robin-Chat (Natal Robin) Cossypha natalensis [3]

1 Liwonde 25th and 2 Ruo Gorge (Mulanje) 28th.

White-browed Scrub-Robin, Mulanje, 28-Sep-08  

Red-capped Robin-Chat, Ruo Gorge (Mulanje), 28th September

 

Collared Palm-Thrush Cichladusa arquata [9]

Up to 8 Liwonde 23rd-24th and 1 Makuzi Lodge 8th.

Collared Palm-Thrush, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08 Collared Palm-Thrush, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08
Collared Palm-Thrush, Liwonde, 25-Sep-08 Collared Palm-Thrush, Liwonde, 25-Sep-08

Collared Palm-Thrushes, Liwonde, 24th-25th September

 

Miombo Scrub-Robin (Central Bearded Scrub-Robin) Cercotrichas barbata [1]

1 Dzalanyama 1st.

 

White-browed Scrub-Robin (Red-backed Scrub-Robin) Cercotrichas leucophrys [1]

1 Lujeri Tea Estate (Mulanje) 28th and 1 Satemwa Tea Estate (Thyolo) 29th.

White-browed Scrub-Robin, Mulanje, 28-Sep-08 White-browed Scrub-Robin, Thyolo, 29-Sep-08

White-browed Scrub-Robin, Lujeri Tea Estate (Mulanje), 28th September

 

White-browed Scrub-Robin, Satemwa Tea Estate (Thyolo), 29th September

 

African Stonechat Saxicola (torquatus) axillaris [54]

2 Zomba Plateau 27th, 2 Thyolo Mountain 30th, up to 20 daily Nyika 4th-7th (probably over 50 in total).

African Stonechat, Nyika, 6-Oct-08 African Stonechat, Nyika, 5-Oct-08
African Stonechat, Nyika, 6-Oct-08 African Stonechat, Nyika, 5-Oct-08
African Stonechat, Nyika, 6-Oct-08 African Stonechat, Nyika, 6-Oct-08

African Stonechats, Nyika Plateau, 5th-6th October

 

Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata [1]

1 beside the runway at Lilongwe Airport, seen from the plane on arrival 22nd and another (or perhaps the same) on departure 10th.

 

Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris [1]

1 beside the runway at Lilongwe Airport 22nd (seen from the plane) and 2 probables Dzalanyama 2nd (whose identity wasn't clinched as I was distracted by a Boulder Chat!).

 

Arnott's Chat (White-headed Black-Chat) Myrmecocichla arnotti [2]

2-3 Liwonde 25th.

Arnott's Chat, Liwonde, 25-Sep-08 Arnott's Chat, Liwonde, 25-Sep-08

Arnott's Chats, Liwonde, 25th September

 

Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus [2]

2 Dzalanyama 2nd. In Malawi this species only occurs in the extreme SW of the country and elsewhere it isn't found at many sites outside of Zimbabwe.

Boulder Chat, Dzlanyamam, 2-Oct-08 Boulder Chat, Dzlanyamam, 2-Oct-08

Boulder Chat, Dzalanyama, 2nd October

 

Black-throated Wattle-eye Platysteira peltata [4]

1 Liwonde 23rd, 2 (an adult feeding a juvenile) Makuzi Lodge 8th and 1 Cool Runnings (Senga Bay) 9th.

Black-throated Wattle-eye, Makuzi, 8-Oct-08 Black-throated Wattle-eye, Makuzi, 8-Oct-08

Black-throated Wattle-eye, Makuzi Lodge, 8th October

 

Malawi Batis Batis dimorpha [3]

1 Zomba Forest Lodge 27th, 1 Ruo Gorge (Mulanje) 28th and 1 Chelinda (Nyika) 6th. Malawi Batis is sometimes treated as a race of Cape Batis Batis capensis.

Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08 Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08
Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08 Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08
Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27-Sep-08  

Malawi Batis, Zomba Forest Lodge, 27th September

 

Chinspot Batis Batis molitor [5+]

1-2 pairs Liwonde 24th and 25th, 3 Dzalanyama 2nd and a probable Nyika 7th.

Chinspot Batis, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08 Chinspot Batis, Liwonde, 25-Sep-08

Chinspot Batises, Liwonde, 24th-25th September

 

Pale Batis (Mozambique Batis, East Coast Batis) Batis soror [2]

A pair Malosa 23rd.

Pale Batis, Malosa, 23-Sep-08 Pale Batis, Malosa, 23-Sep-08

Pale Batis, Malosa, 23rd September

 

Livingstone's Flycatcher Erythrocercus livingstonei [1]

One of the highlights of the holiday was finding this little gem just outside our chalet at Mvuu Camp: 1 Liwonde 24th. These photos don't do it justice, but I've searched several image databases and search engines and failed to find a single photo of this species on the internet, so I guess they'll do!

Livingstone's Flycatcher, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08 Livingstone's Flycatcher, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08
Livingstone's Flycatcher, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08 Livingstone's Flycatcher, Liwonde, 24-Sep-08

Livingstone's Flycatcher, Liwonde, 24th September

 

White-tailed Blue Flycatcher Elminia albicauda [1]

3 Dzalanyama 2nd.

 

White-tailed Crested Flycatcher Elminia albonotata [2]

On Zomba Plateau 1 near Zomba Forest Lodge 26th and 27th and 1 Ku Chawe 27th.

 

African Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis [9]

1 Malosa 23rd, singles Liwonde 23rd, 24th and 25th and at Dzalanyama 2 1st-2nd and 3 3rd.

African Paradise-Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 3-Oct-08 African Paradise-Flycatcher, Dzlanyamam, 3-Oct-08

African Paradise-Flycatcher, Dzalanyama, 3rd October

 

 

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