Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Bates's Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone batesi)


French: Tchitrec de Bates German: Batesparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca de Bates

Terpsiphone batesi


, 1921,

Medje, north Ituri district, DRCongo


Sometimes considered conspecific with T. rufocinerea, but eco-ethological studies reveal that it is distinct; genetic relationship between the two unclear#R#R, and further research needed. Race bannermani currently included in present species on firm morphological grounds, despite much longer central tail feathers; supporting molecular evidence needed. Has hybridized with T. rufiventer. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. b. batesi Chapin, 1921 – S Cameroon and Gabon E to E DRCongo.
  • T. b. bannermani Chapin, 1948 – Congo, SW DRCongo and N Angola.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm (excluding male’s elongated central rectrices, which may project 1–10·5 cm beyond others); 16·5 g. Male nominate race has entire head, neck and upper mantle, and... read more


    Song a cheerful “twee-twee-twee-twee-twee-twee-twee”, similar to that of T. rufiventer;... read more


    Mainly primary forest but also secondary forest, including flooded forest, in lowlands, and to 1300... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, mainly insects, including moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bees, wasps and ants (... read more


    Season Jan, Mar, Jun, Sept and Oct in Cameroon; all year but mainly Sept–Oct (beginning of rains) and Jan–Mar (short dry season... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Rare to common in entire range, although almost no quantitative data. Widespread in lowland rainforest of S Cameroon. Average density in NE Gabon 14 pairs/km².... read more

    Recommended citation

    Moeliker, K. (2017). Bates's Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone batesi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 November 2017).