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Paradise Flycatcher

Paradise Flycatcher
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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, UV Filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jim Corbett, Tigers & the National Park, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 17:17
Viewed: 7039
Points: 20
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Asian Paradise Flycatcher

The Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), also known as the Common Paradise Flycatcher, is a medium-sized passerine bird. It was previously classified with the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, but the paradise flycatchers, monarch flycatchers and Australasian fantails are now normally grouped with the drongos in the family Dicruridae, which has most of its members in Australasia and tropical southern Asia.

The Asian Paradise Flycatcher breeds from Turkestan to Manchuria. It is migratory, wintering in tropical Asia. There are resident populations further south, for example in southern India and Sri Lanka, so both visiting migrants and the locally breeding subspecies occur in these areas in winter.

This species is usually found in thick forests and other well-wooded habitats. Three or four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a tree.

The adult male Asian Paradise Flycatcher is about 20 cm long, but the long tail streamers double this. It has a black crested head, chestnut upperparts and pale grey underparts.

By their second year, the males of the migratory Indian race T. p. paradisi begin to acquire white feathers. By the third year, the male plumage is completely white, other than the black head. Males of the sedentary Sri Lankan race T. p. ceylonensis are always chestnut.

The female of all races resmbles the chestnut male, but has a grey throat, smaller crest and lacks the tail streamers.

The Asian Paradise Flycatcher is a noisy bird with a sharp zweet call. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, often hunting by flycatching.

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Hi Shal,
This bird is a real beauty! It is the first time that I see one like this. Very good catch with great POV, DOF and composition. TFS,

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-08 18:54]

Hi Vishal
Good capture and a great composition of the flycatcher.
I liked the blured background and the vivid sharpness of the bird's eyes.
well done.

Hi Vishal

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. Lovely to view. TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
  • [2006-09-09 3:50]

Hi Vishal

A very beautiful capture and composition you have here!
Great POV, lovely colors and lighting, good DOF - with a nce blurry BG, nice details and framing.

Bravo and TFS

Great chot, my friend!
Lovely composition and BG.
Deatils and colors are super.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-09-09 8:22]

Nice sharp shot of this lovely bird. Good colours and great background.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1328] (10691)
  • [2006-09-09 8:34]

Hi Shal,

Very sharp and colorful capture. The eye is really sharp and the pose wonderful.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-09 9:16]

Hello Vishal,
excellent capture and lovely composition. Sharp details and the colors are beautiful. Very nice light and excellent exposure. Great OOF BG that let the little bird stand out very well.

Joli cadrage et bel oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-09-25 5:07]

Beautiful shot,,you captured with nice details,like the compositon.

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