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Information for Shining fly catcher - Myiagra alecto

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Shining fly catcher
Myiagra alecto

The male shining flycatcher is a black, and shining, dark blue, whilst the female is brown with a white belly.

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Male shining flycatcher - Male Myiagra alecto in mangroves near Cape Tribulation - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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When seen in the sun, the males coat has a very metallic shiny appearance. As the name suggests, these birds actively hunt insects especially in riparian areas and mangroves. They are often seen along the Daintree River, but mainly in shady areas, and rarely out in broad daylight.