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Male Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar A relatively common bird throughout most parts of Madagascar. This is the male, easy to recognize by its long tail. The male has two main plumage morphs: black-and-white, and black-and-rufous. However, there are also intermediates (white-and-rufous) as seen on this photo. Here&#039;s an example of a white morph male:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39660/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_male_white_morph_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html" title="Malagasy paradise flycatcher, male white morph, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/39660_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=vkfC2%2FF8pbOd9SXWtEL9iYW3XkY%3D" width="106" height="152" alt="Malagasy paradise flycatcher, male white morph, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar Finally. We&#039;ve seen white morphs of flycatchers in Sri Lanka (asian flycatcher) and Madagascar on several occasions but never got a clear shot until this day. Female nesting nearby:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39661/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_female_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarafantsika,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World" /></a></figure><br />
The female is always rufous, and has the shorter tail:<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38892/female_madagascar_paradise_flycatcher_ankarana_madagascar.html" title="Female Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, Ankarana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/38892_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=aYl4151MX6VPdvDOTFn7jCnv5Cw%3D" width="200" height="186" alt="Female Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, Ankarana, Madagascar http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38893/closeup_of_female_madagascar_paradise_flycatcher_ankarana_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarana,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World" /></a></figure><br />
Here&#039;s how they nest:<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39661/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_female_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html" title="Malagasy Paradise flycatcher (female), Ankarafantsika, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/39661_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=pleb%2FOjwAhVj58u1F%2F1ZiMy%2BTTU%3D" width="200" height="174" alt="Malagasy Paradise flycatcher (female), Ankarafantsika, Madagascar On her small nest. They are pretty nervous birds, but as we saw her nesting here, we knew she would come back, and she did in only a matter of minutes. The male also stayed close:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39660/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_male_white_morph_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarafantsika,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World" /></a></figure><br />
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Male Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar

A relatively common bird throughout most parts of Madagascar. This is the male, easy to recognize by its long tail. The male has two main plumage morphs: black-and-white, and black-and-rufous. However, there are also intermediates (white-and-rufous) as seen on this photo. Here's an example of a white morph male:

Malagasy paradise flycatcher, male white morph, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar Finally. We've seen white morphs of flycatchers in Sri Lanka (asian flycatcher) and Madagascar on several occasions but never got a clear shot until this day. Female nesting nearby:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39661/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_female_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarafantsika,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World

The female is always rufous, and has the shorter tail:

Female Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, Ankarana, Madagascar http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38893/closeup_of_female_madagascar_paradise_flycatcher_ankarana_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarana,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World

Here's how they nest:

Malagasy Paradise flycatcher (female), Ankarafantsika, Madagascar On her small nest. They are pretty nervous birds, but as we saw her nesting here, we knew she would come back, and she did in only a matter of minutes. The male also stayed close:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39660/malagasy_paradise_flycatcher_male_white_morph_ankarafantsika_madagascar.html Africa,Ankarafantsika,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Malagasy paradise flycatcher,Spring,Terpsiphone mutata,World


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  1. So beautiful! Posted 9 days ago

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The Malagasy paradise flycatcher is a species of bird in the Monarchidae family.
It is found in Comoros, Madagascar, and Mayotte.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Aug 12, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 10:33.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO64
  • 400mm