French: Tchitrec malgache German: Rotbrust-Paradiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca malgache
Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. singetra
(Salomonsen, 1933) – N, W & S Madagascar.
T. m. mutata
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher – High Plateau and E Madagascar.
T. m. pretiosa
(Lesson, 1847) – Mayotte (Maore), in E Comoro Is.
T. m. comorensis
A. Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1885 – Grand Comoro Paradise-flycatcher – Grand Comoro (Ngazidja), in W Comoro Is.
T. m. voeltzkowiana
Stresemann, 1924 – Mohéli (Mwali), in WC Comoros.
T. m. vulpina
(E. Newton, 1877) – Comoros Paradise-flycatcher – Anjouan (Ndzuani), in C Comoros.
18 cm (excluding male’s elongated central rectrices, which project up to 18 cm beyond others); male 12·3 g, female 12·1 g. Male occurs in two colour... read more
A harsh “retret retret retretret” lasting 1–3 seconds, repeated at short... read more
Primary forest of various types, also savanna, mangroves, degraded woodland, tree plantations,... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects, especially aerial ones. Forages solitarily or in pairs; in deciduous dry forest of W Madagascar frequently forms two-... read more
Season Sept–Jan, mainly from Nov, soon after rainy season starts; single-brooded. Socially monogamous, but circumstantial evidence... read more
Resident. In NW Madagascar, a male colour-ringed as nestling established own territory a year later... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race widespread and common in Madagascar; in NW of island, up to 26 territories observed in 2·52 ha of forest during... read more
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