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Birds

Asian
Paradise Flycatcher

Least Concern

Stable

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone paradisi

The typical adult male Asian Paradise-flycatcher is about 20 cm long, but the long tail streamers double this.

It has a glossy black crown and crest, blue eye-ring and a long narrow rounded tail. The body and wings are white with very long central pair of tail feathers which form streamers that droop. The Females are much like the sub-adult males or rufous-morphs but the throat is greyish and not black and they lack streamers. The Asian Paradise-flycatcher is a noisy bird with a sharp skreek call.

It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, hunting by flycatching in the understory. They bathe in small pools of water in the afternoon by diving from perches.

Common Paradise Flycatcher

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    বাৰীসুন্দৰী
  • Bengali:
    শাহ-বুলবুল
  • Gujarati:
    દુધરાજ, તરવરિયો
  • Hindi:
    सुलतान बुलबुल (नर), हुसैनी बुलबुल (मादा), दूधराज
  • Kannada:
    ರಾಜಹಕ್ಕಿ, ಬಾಲದಂಡೆ ಹಕ್ಕಿ
  • Malayalam:
    നാകമോഹൻ
  • Marathi:
    शाही बुलबुल, पतंग पक्षी (कोकण भाग), पतंगा, बाणपाखरु, स्वर्गीय नर्तक, सुरंगी, नंदन
  • Sanskrit:
    रज्जुवाल, रज्जुदालाक
  • Tamil:
    அரசவால் ஈபிடிப்பான்
Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
MONARCHIDAE
Terpsiphone paradisi

Quick Facts
  • It is a state bird of Madhya Pradesh.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Range Map

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