Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

Bedford's Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone bedfordi)


French: Tchitrec de Bedford German: Bedfordparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca de Bedford

Trochocercus bedfordi


, 1907,

Mawambi, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], eastern DRCongo


Often considered conspecific with T. rufiventer, but hybridization with race ignea of latter is restricted to a very narrow zone of overlap, where the two interbreed at a low rate; they also differ in morphology and other characters. Monotypic.


NE & E DRCongo, in two separate areas: NE Ituri (from near Arebi S to Mawambi and to c. 50 km N of Irumi), and area W of Itombwe and Kahuzi Mts (from Kabunga S to S limit of lowland forest).

Descriptive notes

18 cm. A rather short-tailed paradise-flycatcher. Male is uniform bluish-grey except for head, which is deep velvet-black to glossy steel-blue; tail graduated (central... read more


Song not documented, but said to be of same type as those of congeners. Call “zre-zre”.


Lowland primary evergreen forest and transition forest, occasionally deciduous forest at 980–... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; bugs (Hemiptera), moths (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) recorded as taken. In pairs or family parties; frequently... read more


Breeds throughout year in Itombwe; nest found in Mar; females with active ovaries in Feb, Oct and Nov and males with enlarged testes in Apr... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Zaïre Lowlands EBA. Rare to frequent in two disjunct areas in E... read more

Recommended citation

Moeliker, K. (2018). Bedford's Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone bedfordi). 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 26 May 2018).