Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Fiscal Flycatcher (Sigelus silens) - HBW 11, p. 108

French: Gobemouche fiscal German: Würgerschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Fiscal

Taxonomy: Lanius silens Shaw, 1809, “forests of the Auteniquois” = George, Western Cape, South Africa.
Sometimes placed in genus Melaenornis, but latter and Fraseria probably closer to each other than either is to present genus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lawsoni (Clancey, 1966) - S & SE Botswana and N South Africa (Northern Cape E to North West Province and extreme W Free State).
  • silens (Shaw, 1809) - South Africa from SW Western Cape and Karoo E to Free State, Northern Province and interior KwaZulu-Natal, also W Swaziland and Lesotho lowlands; non-breeding also on coastal plain from S Mozambique S to KwaZulu-Natal.