Species Details

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Indian Paradise-flycatcher Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Terpsiphone paradisi
Family : Monarchidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Deciduous forest
Description : The adult Indian paradise flycatcher is a bird species measuring 19-22 cm (7.5-8.7 in) in length. It has a glossy black head with a black crown and crest, a round and sturdy black bill, and black eyes. The female has rufous-colored back feathers, a greyish throat, and underparts, with wings measuring 86-92 mm (3.4-3.6 in) in length. Meanwhile, young males resemble females but have black throats and blue-ringed eyes. As they mature, they develop exceptionally long tail feathers, with two central feathers growing up to 30 cm (12 in) in length, resembling drooping streamers.

The young male paradise flycatcher starts off with rufous plumage and short tails. They only acquire their long tails during their second or third year of life. Adult males come in two distinct color morphs: predominantly bright rufous or predominantly white. Some individuals exhibit intermediate coloration between the two. Rufous birds with long tails usually lack shaft streaks on their wings and tail feathers, while in white birds, the shaft streaks and sometimes the edges of their wings and tail feathers are black.
The Indian paradise flycatcher breeds from May to July and both male and female take part in nest-building, incubation, brooding, and feeding of the young. The female lays up to four eggs in a cup nest made of twigs and spider webs on a low branch. The nest is sometimes built near drongos to deter predators. Incubation lasts for 14-16 days, and the chicks hatch in about 21-23 days. The nestling period lasts 9-12 days.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Andrew Spencer(www.xeno-canto.org/Andrew Spencer), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.