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Madagascar Paradise-Flycatcher

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Photo by Peter DayVacona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November, 2016
Photo by Peter Day
Vacona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November, 2016

Alternative name: Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone mutata

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[edit] Identification

18 cm (7 in); plus 18 cm long tail
Male

  • Two colour morphs; white and chestnut
  • Long tail is formed by elongated central rectrices

[edit] Distribution

Madagascar, Mayotte and the Comoro Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

FemalePhoto by James J WilliamsPerinet Forest, Madagascar, June 2007
Female
Photo by James J Williams
Perinet Forest, Madagascar, June 2007

[edit] Subspecies

Male, Chestnut morphPhoto by Dave ClarkKirindy Forest in western Madagascar, September 2012
Male, Chestnut morph
Photo by Dave Clark
Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar, September 2012

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • T. m. mutata:
  • Forests of eastern Madagascar
  • T. m. singetra:
  • Forests of western Madagascar
  • T. m. pretiosa:
  • Mayotte (Indian Ocean)
  • T. m. vulpina:
  • Anjouan (Comoro Islands)
  • T. m. voeltzkowiana:
  • Mohéli (Comoro Islands)
  • T. m. comoroensis:
  • Grand Comoro Island

[edit] Habitat

Primary forests of various types. Also found in tree plantations, on savannas, in mangroves and degraded woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of flying insects.

[edit] Breeding

They have one brood each year.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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