Birding, Namibia

Cunene Birds: African Paradise-Flycatcher

African Paradise-Flycatcher – Terpiphone viridis 

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Left: Male African Paradise-Flycatcher, Photo by

Right: Female & Male African-Paradise-Flycatcher, Photo by Jaap van Dijk, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

The male can reach a length of 37cm with its breeding tale while the female is only about 17cm. Both weigh about 14 grams.

The male and female are alike but the male has the longer tail.

Status: The African Paradise-Flycatcher is a common intra-African migrant with some populations over-wintering in warmer regions like Kwa-Zulu-Natal and southern Mozambique. Most will arrive September to early October and only depart again March/April. Migratory birds will return to the same areas every year. They are found either single or in pairs.

They seem to favour riparian woodland, dense woodland, forests and well-wooded gardens.

Food: Mainly insects but spiders and small berries are also enjoyed by them.

Call: African Paradise-Flycatchers are very vocal and makes rather high-pitched sounds that vary when they are breeding.

Breeding: They are monogamous and will use the same tree and nest year after year. They have a neat, cup-shaped nest that they will build on an exposed branch, bound with cobweb and decorated / camouflaged with lichen. The nest is built by both sexes who will also share the incubation and feeding duties.

Source: Roberts Bird Guide, 2007