Feeding ecology and diet

Old World flycatchers use a variety of feeding tactics to prey on insects and other arthropods. Most species use an exposed vantage point, such as a high perch in a tree, to spot flying insects, which are then caught in an aerial pursuit. Some species also feed by gleaning prey from bark, branches, foliage, or spider webs, or by swooping down to feed on arthropods spotted on the ground. Some species repeatedly return

A cape puffback (Batis capensis) on its nest. (Photo by W. Tar-boton/VIREO. Reproduced by permission.)

to use a favorite perch for hunting, while others move about and frequently change their vantage point.

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