Indian Paradise Flycatcher

Indian Bird – Indian Paradise Flycatcher:

The Indian paradise flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia, where it is widely distributed. As the global population is considered stable, it has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Myanmar. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and black and Rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with Rufous wings and a blackhead. Indian paradise flycatchers feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.

Indian Paradise Flycatcher

Indian Paradise Flycatcher

When I first saw this Indian bird it was a magical moment. At first glance, I only saw the tail floating in the wind. At first, I was thinking it might be a broken kite thread hanging in the tree. When I looked closely I was amazed. These are extremely beautiful Indian birds and my favorite for obvious reasons.

Even though it is an extremely shy bird I managed to capture a short video of it, where it had a face-off with a honey bee. Check out the video. Hope you’ll enjoy watching it. Feel free to browse other Indian Bird videos on my YouTube Channel.


Some more facts about this bird:

Scientific name: Terpsiphone paradisi
Mass: 19 g Encyclopedia of Life
Higher classification: Paradise flycatcher
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable) Encyclopedia of Life
Rank: Species
Family: Monarchidae

The Indian paradise flycatcher is a migratory Indian bird and spends the winter season in tropical Asia.

And in southern India and Sri Lanka, both locally breeding populations and visiting migrants occur in winter.

Indian paradise flycatchers inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats from Central Asia to south-eastern China, Nepal, all over India and Sri Lanka to Myanmar

The Indian paradise flycatcher is a noisy Indian bird uttering sharp skreek calls. It sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike.
It is insectivorous and hunts in flight in the understorey. In the afternoons, it dives from perches to bathe in small pools of water

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