White-eyed slaty flycatcher (Kenya)
The white-eyed slaty flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri) is a small passerine bird of the genus Melaenornis in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. This species is native to the African highlands from Ethiopia and Kenya through Rwanda to eastern Zaire and Malawi. In Kenya, it is mostly absent from the east and the north of the country. It is a highland bird, common in wooded habitats, including gardens.
It is a very distinctive bird normally seen singly or in pairs. It has grey feathers with a lighter chest, brown feet, a grey head and a white ring around its black eyes. White-eyed slaty flycatchers are frequently spotted either hawking for insects or taking them from the ground. They perch with an upright pose on branches, stumps, signposts.
The specific epithet commemorates the German explorer Gustav Adolf Fischer.
SUB-SPECIES AND DISTRIBUTION
•M. f. fischeri (Reichenow, 1884) – SE South Sudan (mountains of Imatong, Dongotona and Didinga), NE & E Uganda, W & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
•M. f. semicinctus (E. J. O. Hartert, 1916) – NE DRCongo (highlands W of L Albert).
•M. f. toruensis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) – occurs in E DRCongo (Kivu S to Itombwe), SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; has an inconspicuous eye-ring
•M. f. nyikensis (Shelley, 1899) – E DRCongo (Marungu Highlands), Malawi, extreme NE Zambia (W Nyika Plateau) and E & S Tanzania.