First sighting of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Kabalebo for this year.
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savanna) is a migrant bird. One that likes to take a break in Suriname before departing. Sometimes they are seen in a small group or alone. As they are flycatchers they hunt mostly on termites, beetles, wasps or small butterflies. These are caught in mid air. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher will make a quick move, gracefully fly in mid air before returning to the same spot with its bait.
In Suriname they are known as Sesei grikibi or Vorkstaart Tiran. The first noticeable remarks you can spot on them are their 2 extended tails. In flight they form a 'Fork', earning them the 'nick'name: Fork-tailed Flycatcher.
They are not shy birds as they are all spotted on open spots, like the airstrip or on exposed branches. This one for example stayed for quite a while on the same spot, where I spotted it in different poses. This also gave me the opportunity to see this beauty from different angles.
All these pictures were taken on the bridge near the Main Lodge.
For this year the Fork-tailed Flycatcher was first spotted on April 20, 2016.
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