White-browed Robin-Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat © Michael Plagens

This insect predator is a common resident of seasonally dry habitats in Kenya. This individual was probing into wet soil to catch invertebrates.

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Cape Robin-Chat

Cape Robin-Chat © Michael Plagens

Like robins everywhere these birds forage in lawns for invertebrates. Broad white stripe above eye. Common.

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Mocking Cliff-Chat

Cliff Chat, © Michael Plagens

Ebony head, upper chest, back and tail contrast sharply with rusty orange lower belly. There's also a white patch in the wing.

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Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear, © Michael Plagens

A bit of tawny on an upright, ground- dwelling bird found in open country. Migrant in Kenya from northern hemisphere winter.

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Common Stone Chat

Common Stone Chat, © Michael Plagens

Common fly-catcher of open rocky areas. Black head and back contrast sharply with white belly and upper orange upper breast.

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Silverbird, Empidornis semipartitus, photo © Michael Plagens

The back and head are silvery blue, contrasting with the buff-orange underparts. Slender bill for catching insect prey.

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Little Rock Thrush

Little Rock Thrush, © Michael Plagens

Fly-catcher posture and frequent sallies to catch mostly soft-bodied insects. Year­round resident.

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Common Rock Thrush

Common or Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush © Michael Plagens

This migrant from Eurasia is present from October to April. This is a female with duller plumage than the male.

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White-browed Scrub Robin

White-browed Scrub-robin, Cercotrichas leucophrys photo © Michael Plagens

Long red and black tail and fine-pointed bill identify this insect hunting bird of scrubby habitat.

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African Dusky Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher © Michael Plagens

Small, pale, grayish brown bird with a fine bill. Alights on a low, open perch and sallies out after small flies. Common

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African Gray Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, © Michael Plagens

Pale gray back and nearly white chest and belly. Fine streaking on crown not clear in this photo. Open habitats.

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Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher, © Michael Plagens

This fly-catcher is a common resident of Kenya during the Northern Hemisphere winter. There is distinct fine streaking on the crown and faint streaking on the chest.

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Pale Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher, Bradornis pallidus, photo © Michael Plagens

Chest and belly are very pale gray and the dorsum is darker gray. Some brown wash on head. Upright posture; small.

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Moorland Chat

Moorland Chat © Michael Plagens

This small, drab bird looks bulky due to thicker coat of downy feathers. Inhabits high altitude grasslands. Year­round resident.

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White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, © Michael Plagens

The eye is actually black, but there is a broad white ring around the eye. Highland forests and gardens.

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Ant-eater Chat

Northern Ant-eater Chat, © Michael Plagens

Fly-catcher posture often alighted on ground. Short tail. White patch in wing visible in flight. Grasslands and pastures.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 27 August 2013,
updated 9 Oct. 2018.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya because I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn them I am teaching myself while sharing with others. If you find an error or appreciate my efforts please send me a message by clicking the copyright link.