Restless Flycatcher

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Habitat: Woodland, Forest


The Restless Flycatcher is found in open forests and woodlands and is frequently seen in farmland.


The Restless Flycatcher is able to hover, hanging almost vertically in the air with its head and spread tail pointing downwards as it picks insects off the leaves. It rarely comes to the ground, preferring to ‘hawk’ for insects from perches in the mid-level of the canopy.


The Restless Flycatcher feeds on insects, as well as other invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes, and usually feeds alone or in pairs.


The Restless Flycatcher builds a small cup-shaped nest of bark and grass bound with a spider web, camouflaged with pieces of lichen and bark, and placed in an exposed position on a tree branch, often near or over water. Males and females both help to build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young. Up to three broods may be raised in one season and the young disperse quickly after fledging.