Asian Paradise Flycatcher

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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.

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Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Forest Area
Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Forest Area
Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Forest Area
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Mhadei WLS- Chorla Ghat Section (IBA)
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bhatye
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bhatye
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher in flight

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