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Spotted Flycatcher L: 14 cm (5·5") A nondescript, slender, upright, mouse-brown flycatcher with a softly streaked crown, throat and breast, appearing pale, silky buff-white when viewed from the front . This species has longer wings and tail and a more peaked crown than the similar African Dusky Flycatcher (page 174) and does not have pale lores (in front of the eye) . It breeds across Eurasia and is a common spring and summer visitor (October–April) to woodlands and camps in Kruger, with some individuals returning to the same woodland patch each year . It hawks for insects from a prominent perch, sometimes hovering and frequently returning to the same position . The call, a short shrill “zee”, is unobtrusive and heard only infrequently in South Africa . Ashy Flycatcher L: 14 cm (5·5") An upright, slim, grey flycatcher, with a white eye-ring broken by a dark stripe through the eye, and a short pale eyebrow . It lacks the white outer tail feathers and horizontal posture of the otherwise very similar Grey-TitFlycatcher . This is a common resident in dense woodland and riverine forest in Kruger, numbers sometimes increasing in winter (June–August) as altitudinal migrants escape the chillier climes of the mountains nearby . It hawks for insects and returns to a prominent perch, and may join mixed-species flocks . The call is a descending “pit-pit-pit-pit…” . GreyTit-Flycatcher L: 14 cm (5·5") A plumbeous-grey flycatcher that has a blackish tail with white outer feathers . It forages more like a warbler than a typical flycatcher, flitting through foliage and searching the underside of leaves for insects, seldom sallying to fly-catch . Birds often lean forward in a horizontal posture with tail slightly raised and spread, exposing the bold white feathers – a behaviour that may flush insects nearby . This species has a small white eyebrow and lacks the white eye-ring of Ashy Flycatcher . It is an uncommon and widespread Kruger resident, found in thickets and woodland margins, but is unobtrusive and most easily tracked down by its trembling, mournful “wheeely-wheerr” song . Flycatchers 130 BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS spotted flycatcher grey tit-flycatcher 131 ...