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African Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis

Description:

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

Habitat:

The African Paradise Flycatcher is a common resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. This species is usually found in open forests and savannah habitats. Two or three eggs are laid in a tiny cup nest in a tree.

Notes:

Spotted on a branch of an avocado tree in our backyard during my first week in Tanzania.

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7 Comments

JinkyDee
JinkyDee 7 years ago

@letermagog: Interestingly, I was lying on a hammock one lazy Sunday afternoon (as always with my camera) when this paradise flycatcher happen to hop in our avocado tree. Good thing he was on a good mood that day and posed for me :)

Ietermagog
Ietermagog 7 years ago

How did you get this pic!

JinkyDee
JinkyDee 7 years ago

Thanks, Cosgey. They're common also in our area and they usually hang around in avocado trees.

cosgey
cosgey 7 years ago

A beautiful magical bird in paradise. See lots of them near Nairobi. Great photo too.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Awesome.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Amazing bird and fantastic spotting! Welcome to Project Noah!

cormoros75
cormoros75 7 years ago

Beautiful

JinkyDee
Spotted by
JinkyDee

Arusha, Tanzania

Lat: -3.38, Long: 36.84

Spotted on Oct 10, 2011
Submitted on Feb 1, 2012

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