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Indian Paradise-Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

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Subspecies T. p. ceylonensis
Photo © by Steve G
Amaya Lake Hotel, nr Dambulla, Sri Lanka, July 2009
Terpsiphone paradisi


20-22 cm (7¾-8¾ in), with 20cm long tail streamers
Two very distinct colour phases.

  • Black head with a shaggy peaked crest
  • Bright blue skin round eye
  • Blue bill
  • Bright chestnut-brown upperparts and tail
  • Greyish breast
  • White underparts

Female: duller, greyish throat, shorter tail, shorter crest.


Subspecies T. p. leucogaster, female
Photo © by Kaydeegee2010
Dharamshala,Himachal Pradesh India, June 2011

White morph: black head and neck, rest of body white, apart from black primaries


Asia: found in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Island of Borneo



Subspecies T. p. leucogaster, male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, Haryana, India, Sep-2015

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • T. p. leucogaster:
  • T. p. paradisi:
  • T. p. ceylonensis:
  • T. p. saturatior:


Thick forests and other well-wooded habitats.



Both adults construct the cup nest in a tree. The clutch contains 2-5 pinkish-white eggs, with reddish-brown spots. Incubation takes 13-16 days. The young fledge after approximately 11-14 days.


Their main diet consists of small winged insects, with the occasional addition of praying mantis, grasshopper, moths and butterflies.

They generally forage alone or in pairs, though will occasionally join mixed species flocks.


It has a sharp zweet call.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Moeliker, K., D. A. Christie, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Indian Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.aspfly1.01

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