African paradise flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis

The African paradise flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine bird with a very long tail. It is a common resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. The male is boldly coloured in chestnut and black and the female is rather more drab. This bird feeds mainly on insects and builds a tiny cup nest in a tree where two or three eggs are laid. This species is usually found in open forests and savannah habitats and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed it as being of "least concern".
Fly Catcher An African Paradise Flycatcher perched on a branch, ready to consume its recent catch... Africa,African Paradise Flycatcher,Geotagged,Kenya,Masai Mara,Terpsiphone viridis

Appearance

The adult male African paradise flycatcher is about 17 cm long, but the very long tail streamers double this. It has a black head, neck and underparts, and chestnut wings and tail. There is a prominent white wingbar. The female has a browner tint to the underparts and lacks the wingbar and tail streamers. Young birds are similar to the female but duller.

The males show considerable variation in plumage in some areas. There is a morph of this species in which the male has the chestnut parts of the plumage replaced by white, and some races have black tail streamers.

The red-bellied paradise flycatcher, ''Terpsiphone rufiventer'', is closely related to this species, and hybrids occur with the underparts a mixture of black and red.
African Paradise Flycatcher (male) in Arusha, Tanzania We just came back yesterday from a safari trip throughout Tanzania. I'm now sorting through a few thousand photo to prepare for the yearly photo book. Here on JungleDragon I will be sharing photos in bits and pieces.

Here is the 1st one, a start of a series of several hundreds. This flycatcher was captured during sunrise on our first morning in Tanzania in our lodge surroundings, right before our first real safari trip It's technically not great, but I'm still happy with it. In Madagascar it took us a lot of patience to photograph the Malagasy flycatcher, likewise this related species wasn't easy either. In hindsight this is in fact the only photo of a flycatcher we managed to take during the entire trip. Africa,African Paradise Flycatcher,Arusha,Arusha National Park,Tanzania,Terpsiphone viridis

Distribution

The African paradise flycatcher is found in most parts of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its typical habitat is savannah woodland, open grassland with isolated trees, plantations, open woodland and scrubland.
African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) Ayn Hamran, Dhofar, S Oman. Oct 6, 2015. African paradise flycatcher,Fall,Geotagged,Oman,Terpsiphone viridis

Behavior

The African paradise flycatcher is a noisy bird with a harsh scolding call. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, often hunting by catching flies on the wing, and eating eggs, larvae and adults. It also feeds on spiders and sometimes consumes berries. The cup-shaped nest is built in a tree and a clutch of two or three eggs are laid.
African Paradise Flycatcher  African paradise flycatcher,Terpsiphone viridis

Habitat

The African paradise flycatcher is found in most parts of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its typical habitat is savannah woodland, open grassland with isolated trees, plantations, open woodland and scrubland.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMonarchidae
GenusTerpsiphone
SpeciesT. viridis