French: Tchitrec de paradis German: Hainparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca del paraíso indio
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Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. leucogaster
(Swainson, 1838) – W Tien Shan S to N Afghanistan, N Pakistan, NW & NC India and W & C Nepal; non-breeding E Pakistan and peninsular India.
T. p. paradisi
(Linnaeus, 1758) – C & S India, C Bangladesh and SW Myanmar; non-breeding also Sri Lanka.
T. p. ceylonensis
(Zarudny & Härms, 1912) – Sri Lanka.
20 cm (excluding male’s elongated central rectrices, which may project up to 30 cm beyond others); 20–22 g. Male exhibits marked plumage dichromatism. Male... read more
Song a slow, fluty, descending warble, “chu wu wu wu wu wu”. Calls by both sexes... read more
In W of range inhabits deciduous mountain forest, shady and well-watered groves, light forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly small winged insects, such as dipterans, neuropterans, hemipterans, coleopterans, lepidopterans and Odonata; occasionally spiders (... read more
Season Mar–Aug (chiefly May–Jun) in India and Pakistan, Mar–Jul in SE Asia, and May–Jul in C China and SE Russia.... read more
Complex and not fully understood. Most N populations winter in S India, Sri Lanka, SE Asia, Sumatra... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout range. Common in much of Indian Subcontinent, but rare in Bhutan; described as very common in Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal... read more
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