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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anupam06 (765) 2012-08-20 4:41
Your photo and specially the moment that you have frozen here, is absolutely breathtaking. Focus is spot on and DOF is just lovely, the kind that you see with these prime tele lenses. Congrats on this amazing capture.
TFS & Warm Regards,
daddo (22604) 2012-08-20 5:01
Salam Zahoor. You are a master in catching the important moment. Lots of patience must be the key. Wonderful plumage and a sweet and touching scene. Regards. Klaudio.
PeterDF (418) 2012-08-20 5:49
Quite amazing how you manage these shots...and this one no less stunning. You have captured this magnificent bird in a remarkable way...with the beauty of colors higlighted for us so well. Also...the little one there seems perched somewhat precariously on the branch there! Very nicely done again.
GREGG (7888) 2012-08-20 9:20
great shot - nice composition, soft light
and warm colors
I like it,
jga (1062) 2012-08-22 5:24
This photo is amzing, I am surprised so few people have commented.
The sharpness, the composition, the small bird with its beak wide open...
papagolf21 (83206) 2012-09-01 11:47
Bonsoir, Zahoor ,
Magnifique prise de vue. Le talent a parlé à travers cette composition de toute beauté.
Je ne puis que féliciter le photographe émérite et talentueux.
- Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) (1053)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 40D, 400mm F5.6L
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-20 3:45