Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Critically Endangered

Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina)


French: Tchitrec des Seychelles German: Seychellenparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca de las Seychelles

Tchitrea corvina

E. Newton

, 1867,

Praslin, Seychelles




La Digue and reintroduced in Denis#R (sporadic reports also Marianne, Félicité and Praslin), in Seychelles.

Descriptive notes

Male 20 cm (excluding elongated central rectrices, which project up to 22 cm beyond others), female 17–20 cm; c. 18 g. Male is all black with blue sheen, and very long... read more


Call a harsh “zweet”; song a repeated piping whistle, “pli-li-pli-pli”;... read more


Native high-canopy broadleaf woodland (at least 17 m tall), primarily of badamier (Terminalia... read more

Food and feeding

Adult diet 90% insects and 10% spiders (Araneae). Great majority of prey items (88·5%) smaller than 1 cm, 8·4% c.1–2 cm... read more


Breeds in all months but with concentration (63%) during wettest period, Nov–Apr, very rarely in driest months (Jul–Aug); c. 3... read more


Resident; some dispersal indicated by attempted recolonization of Marianne I.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Granitic Seychelles EBA. First described from Praslin I, in 1860s, then present also on islands of La Digue,... read more

Recommended citation

Moeliker, K. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina). 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 20 November 2017).