Indian Paradise Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Terpsiphone paradisi
Malay Name: Murai-Gading India
Chinese Name: 印缅寿带

Found from northern Afghanistan, Pakistan, western China, Indian subcontinent, Nepal, central Bangladesh, south-western Myanmar to Sri Lanka with some populations known to winter south to Sri Lanka.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: leucogaster, paradisi, ceylonensis.


All ages, sexes and morph types resemble Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher and Amur Paradise Flycatcher but can be easily separated from these similar looking species by its long, pointed and fully erected crest.

Similar looking species: Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, Amur Paradise Flycatcher, Japanese Paradise Flycatcher

Habitat: Inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats in its breeding range.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feed on a variety of insects taken in sallies from a perch or snatched as they flush. Usually forage high up the canopy.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: The first record for Singapore was a lone bird photographed at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in early December 2017, late March 2018 and again in Nov 2018.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2019). Terpsiphone paradisi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021