Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Oriental Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis)


French: Tchitrec de Blyth German: Blythparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca del paraíso oriental
Other common names: Blyth's Paradise-flycatcher

Tch[itrea]. affinis


, 1846,

Malay Peninsula


Until recently considered conspecific with T. paradisi, T. incei and T. floris, but molecular study#R suggests otherwise. Differs from second and third in characters given under those species. From first in its much shorter crest (3); smaller bill (allow 2); pale rufous vs white vent (2); and reputedly different voice (ns)#R. Allocation of race saturatior to T. paradisi#R mistaken#R. Proposed races madzoedi (N Sumatra) and australis (S Sumatra) are included in affinis. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. saturatior (Salomonsen, 1933) – E Nepal E to NE India, E Bangladesh and N Myanmar; non-breeding also to S China and Malay Peninsula.
  • T. a. nicobarica Oates, 1890 – C Nicobar Is.
  • T. a. burmae (Salomonsen, 1933) – C Myanmar.
  • T. a. indochinensis (Salomonsen, 1933) – E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan and SW Guangxi)#R and Thailand E to Indochina.
  • T. a. affinis (Blyth, 1846) – Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Riau and Lingga Archipelagos, Bangka, Belitung and Java.
  • T. a. procera (Richmond, 1903) – Simeulue I (off NW Sumatra).
  • T. a. insularis Salvadori, 1887 – Nias I (off NW Sumatra).
  • T. a. borneensis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1916) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Oriental Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis). 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).