Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Nusa Tenggara Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone floris)


French: Tchitrec de la Sonde German: Sundaparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca del paraíso de Flores

Terpsiphone floris


, 1894,

Reo, Flores


Until recently considered conspecific with T. paradisi, T. incei and T. affinis, but molecular study#R suggests otherwise. Differs from T. incei in characters given under that species. From T. affinis in its longer and broader crest (at least 1); longer, more graduated tail in female (2); lack of red morph in male (1); whiter (unmarked) mantle and more extensive white in primaries in male (2); paler upperparts (cinnamon vs rufous) in female (1). From T. paradisi in its shorter crest (2); smaller bill (allow 2); longer tail in female (at least 2); and buff vs white vent (2). Two subspecies currently recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. floris Büttikofer, 1894 – Sumbawa, Flores, Besar, Lembata, Pantar#R and Alor (Lesser Sundas).
  • T. f. sumbaensis A. B. Meyer, 1894 – Sumba I (Lesser Sundas).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Nusa Tenggara Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone floris). 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 17 March 2018).