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Indian Paradise Flycatcher - A flying delight!

The Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to the Indian subcontinent, central Asia and Myanmar.


Males have elongated central tail feathers, and a black and rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head.


Indian paradise flycatchers feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree. It is a migratory bird and spends the winter season in tropical Asia. In southern India and Sri Lanka, both locally breeding populations and visiting migrants occur in winter.Their call is a harsh “shreew”.


These shots were taken during a morning walk at Hampi University, Karnataka, South India.


~ Bhoomika





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