woensdag 28 november 2012

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)

The Asian Paradise Flycatchers (Terpsiphone paradisi) - also known as the Common Paradise Flycatchers - occur naturally in Asia, where they have an extremely large range. Originally, they were only believed to occur in India; however, ornithologists later reported these birds in other Asian countries and - mostly based on differences in plumage of males - identified 14 subspecies and several others are currently being researched, proposed and debated.

The adult Asian Paradise Flycatcher measures about 7.5 - 8.7 inches (19 - 22 cm) in length, not including the long tail, which can grow to 9.4 inches (24 cm) in length, and the male's two central, elongated tail streamers up to 12 inches (30 cm). Their wings are between 3.4 - 3.6 inches (86 – 92 mm) long. Their legs are relatively short, and they tend to sit very upright when perched, similar to shrikes.

Asian Paradise Flycatchers mostly feed on insects captured in the air. They usually hunt in the understory of densely canopied trees. [source: avianweb]

Thank you very much Sita!

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