Fan-tailed Monarch Symposiachrus axillaris

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Medium-sized bird of mid-montane forest. Fairly long tail is often held cocked. All glossy black with a white tuft in front of the shoulder. Female is slightly duller. Found in pairs and sometimes associates with other species. Often catches insects on the wing. Very similar to Black Fantail, but Fan-tailed Monarch has the distinctive white tuft and a different vocalization. Also, tail is only partially fanned. Voice, scratchy, grating notes.

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