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 rest); 16–22 g. Male exhibits marked plumage dichromatism. Male nominate... 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. Monogamous; territorial, male very intolerant of intruders. Probably... read more
Most populations resident. NW race leucogaster present in most of breeding range Apr... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout range, except in Central Asia, where considered to be uncommon and just 200 pairs are estimated to breed... read more
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