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Blyth's Paradise-Flycatcher

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White MorphPhoto by DaninJapanKrabi Mangroves Thailand, March 2011
White Morph
Photo by DaninJapan
Krabi Mangroves Thailand, March 2011
Terpsiphone affinis


[edit] Identification

20-22 cm, with 20cm long tail streamers
Two very distinct colour phases.
Male has black head and a shaggy peaked crest, bright blue skin round eye, blue bill. Body and very long ribbon tail either entirely white, with black wing feathers, or bright chestnut-brown body and tail, greyish face and breast, paler abdomen.
Female: like the chestnut-phase male, with shorter tail, shorter crest.

[edit] Distribution

Southeast Asia

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 11 subspecies[1]:

  • T. a. myanmare:
  • T. a. indochinensis:
  • T. a. affinis:
  • Malaya, Sumatra, Riau and Lingga archaepelago, Bangka, Belitung islands
  • T. a. nicobarica:
  • T. a. madzoedi:
  • T. a. australis:
  • T. a. borneensis:
  • T. a. procera:
  • T. a.insularis:
  • T. a. sumbaensis:
  • T. a. floris:
  • Western Lesser Sundas (Sumbawa, Alor, Besar, Lomblen and Flores)

Formerly included in Asian Paradise-Flycatcher together with Amur Paradise-Flycatcher and Indian Paradise-Flycatcher.

[edit] Habitat

Thick forests and other well-wooded habitats.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds a cup nest in a tree and 3-4 eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

It has a sharp zweet call.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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