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African Paradise-Flycatcher | Terpsiphone viridis

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Monarchidae bird family group which includes birds such as Crested Flycatchers, Paradise-Flycatchers.

The description for the African Paradise-Flycatcher (Latin name Terpsiphone viridis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Terpsiphone viridis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 710 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 686. You will find a picture of the African Paradise-Flycatcher on page 720.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Paradise Flycatcher in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the African Paradise-Flycatcher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is known in Afrikaans as Paradysvlie?vanger.

The African Paradise-Flycatcher has a height of 37 cms and weighs around 17 gms. The head is coloured green, black while the bill is coloured blue. The Terpsiphone viridis has a green, black coloured throat, blue legs and a green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Terpsiphone viridis has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is green, black

Eyes are brown

Bill is blue

Legs are blue

Throat is green, black

Back is green

Feeding Habits ...

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

The Terpsiphone viridis attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Terpsiphone viridis forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 4 eggs and they are coloured brown.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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