383. Terpsiphone paradisi

Terpsiphone paradisi, (Linn.) Syst. Nat. i. p. 324 (1766) ; Gould, B. of Asia, ii. pl. 18 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. iv. p. 346 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 45.
Shah Bulbul, Taklah, Doodhraj, Ind.
Male ad. (India). Head and neck glossy blue-black, crown feathers elong¬ated ; upper parts, wings, and outer tail-feathers bright fox-red, the inner secondaries white, with a long central black line, and tipped with black ; middle rectrices much elongated, white, terminated with fox-red, or all fox-red ; under parts below the throat white ; bill lilac-blue ; legs pale blue ; iris dark brown. Culmen 1.0, wing 3.6, tail (except central rectrices) 3.7, central rectrices 7.8 longer, tarsus 0.7 inch. The old males, however, lose the fox-red on the upper parts, and have those parts and the tail pure white. The female has the upper parts light bay, the tail light chestnut, the middle rectrices not elongated as in the male, and the sides of the breast greyish, the flanks tinged with rufous. The young bird has the head dusky grey, tinged with rufous, the upper parts rather darker than the female, and the throat and breast greyish tinged with rufous.
Hab. Turkestan, Afghanistan, the Himalayas ; India east to Nepal ; Ceylon ; resident throughout its range.
Frequents the forests and well wooded districts, being com¬paratively seldom seen in the open country, and is very partial to bamboo jungle. In its habits it is restless, and continually on the move from tree to tree. Its flight is undulating, and it has a curious appearance on the wing, its long tail moving in jerks. Its note is a harsh grating cry. It feeds on small flies and Cicadelloe, which it generally captures on the wing, though it sometimes picks them off a leaf or bough. It breeds both on the plains, and in the hills to an altitude of about 5,500 feet, placing its nest on a tree, usually at some height above the ground. The nest is cup-shaped, rather shallow, con¬structed of moss, rootlets, vegetable fibres, and fine grass, interwoven with cobwebs, lined with finer grass and sometimes horse-hairs. The eggs, from 4 to 5 in number, are pinky white or warm salmon-pink, more or less closely speckled, chiefly at the larger end, with bright brownish red spots, in size averaging about 0.81 by 0.6. They are deposited in May, June, or July.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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383. Terpsiphone paradisi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Indian Paradise Flycatcher
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Terpsiphone paradisi
Vol. 1

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