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Jun 27, 2017

Striking harmony in black and white

Photo: Fernando Mateos-Gonzale / AFP / Getty Images

(Ficedula albicollis)
This male Collared Flycatcher was photographed at Halltrops hage Nature Reserve on Oland Island, in Kalmar County, at the south-east tip of Sweden, on the Baltic Sea.   It is a small passerine in the Old World flycatcher family, one of the four species of Western Palearctic black-and-white flycatchers.   It winters in sub-Sahara Africa.   When not catching flies, it also eats caterpillars and small fruit.   Its appearance is remarkably distinctive and quite noticeable.

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