Indian Paradise Flycatcher

SCIENTIFIC NAME – Terpsiphone paradisi

FAMILY – Monarchidae

DISTRIBUTION – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,                                               Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, China

IUCN status listing- Least Concern

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Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Female)

The female Indian Paradise Flycatcher is a small size bird of approximate 20 cm, while males grow long tail feathers and can go up to 30 cms. The diet of these species consists mainly of insects. Flying insects, dragonflies, moths, beetles, winged termites and ants, grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas, and locust are their primary food.

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Mother Indian paradise flycatcher feeding her three children.

The paradise flycatcher nesting sites are located on tree branches. The nest is a compact conical structure. The nest is built with grass, twigs, reeds, moss, leaves, plant fibers and cobwebs. The clutch contains three eggs. The eggs are incubated by both the parents. The chicks hatch out after 14-16 days of incubation.

SIGHTING IN IIFM-  Indian paradise flycatcher can be sighted frequently near the parking area and near mess area of IIFM. The nest shown above is near the parking area.

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Looks curious to me..
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Guarding the nest

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