Stenostiridae – Fairy Flycatchers

Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) by W Kwong

Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) by W Kwong

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Stenostiridae – Fairy Flycatchers

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Species (9)

Yellow-bellied Fantail (Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus)
Fairy Flycatcher (Stenostira scita)
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis)
Citrine Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea)
African Blue Flycatcher (Elminia longicauda)
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher (Elminia albicauda)
Dusky Crested Flycatcher (Elminia nigromitrata)
White-bellied Crested Flycatcher (Elminia albiventris)
White-tailed Crested Flycatcher (Elminia albonotata)


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Stenostiridae, or the Fairy Flycatchers, are a family of small passerine birds proposed as a result of recent discoveries in molecular systematics (Beresford et al. 2005). They are commonly referred to as stenostirid warblers.

This new clade is named after the Fairy Flycatcher, a distinct species placed formerly in the Old World flycatchers. This is united with the “sylvioid flycatchers”: the genus Elminia (formerly placed in the Monarchinae) and the closely allied former Old World flycatcher genus Culicicapa. (Wikipedia)

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