A female Asian Paradise-flycatcher

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“This female Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) surprised me by coming alongside me at a stream (above). It proceeded to splash in twice in the stream to wet the body, very much like the Fantail-flycatchers. Then it found a quite spot to preen. Notice in the composite (below) that the wings are in moult.

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“The Asian Paradise-flycatcher is both a resident and migrant. It is said to be differentiated from the far less common Japanese Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) by a less-sharper chest demarcation from belly and sharper contrast between crown and sides of face (Robson 2002). I was not able to see the belly well and the face and crown were similar. However the brighter tail and richer rufous wings support the Asian (Wells 2007).

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“Not sure which subspecies as, most likely T. p. affinis.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd October 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail along primary jungle

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