The typical adult male Asian Paradise-flycatcher is about 20 cm long, but the long tail streamers double this. It has a glossy black crown and crest, blue eye-ring and a long narrow rounded tail. The body and wings are white with very long central pair of tail feathers which form streamers that droop. Subadult males lack the long tail feathers and have rufous on body and wing and have the head completely black, including a black throat. Adults males of the "rufous-morph" have rufous on the wings and tail and white on the belly. In some races it is said the the white form is absent. The Females are much like the sub-adult males or rufous-morphs but the throat is greyish and not black and they lack streamers.
Several races are recognized but need further study. In the Western Himalayas race leucogaster has pale rufous upperparts and white breast and a lot of black on the white wings. Eastern Himalayas race saturatior has a shorter crest which black shaft streaks on the upperparts of the white-morph male and the rufous-morph male is buffier below and has a rufous vent with not so long tail-streamers. Nominate race in Peninsular India and Sri Lankan race ceylonensis have very long streamers and crest. The Sri Lankan race is said to lack the white-morph. The nominate race populations from the Eastern Ghats is said to have a larger bill. The race in Central Nicobars nicobarica has an olive upper mantle and darker underparts.
The Asian Paradise-flycatcher is a noisy bird with a sharp skreek call. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, hunting by flycatching in the understory. They bathe in small pools of water in the afternoon by diving from perches.
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trevormoffiet (925) 2012-08-30 22:50
This is a very nice image. The Paradise-flycatcher is nice and sharp while the background is nicely out of focus.
(However, some of the white feathers appear to be a little over-exposed and lack some detail)
PeterDF (405) 2012-08-31 5:55
This little Asian Paradise flycathcer looks anything but typical here...as he is a spectacular little bird...really beautifully photographed here by you. The contrast between his black crown and white tail feathers is quite extraordinary. Very nicely done again here.