384. Terpsiphone princeps

384. JAPANESE PARADISE FLYCATCHER.
TERPSIPHONE PRINCEPS.
Terpsiphone princeps (Temm.), Pl. Col. iii. pl. 584 (1836) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. iv. p. 361 ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 113 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 63 ; Muscipeta principalis, Temm. and Schlegel, Faun. Jap. p. 47, pl. 17e.
Sankocho, Jap.
Male ad. (Japan). Head, neck, and breast glossy black. crown crested ; upper parts generally purplish maroon, the quills blackish, externally margined with maroon-purple ; tail black, slightly glossed with purple flanks blackish ; rest of under parts white ; bill bluish, edge of the eyelid cobalt ; iris blackish. Culmen 0.65 wing 3.72, tail 4.6, the middle rec¬trices 5.4 longer, tarsus 0.65 inch. The female resembles that of T. incii, but has the throat greyer and paler, and the black on the crown less extended.
Hab. Japan, the coasts of Southern China on migration ; wintering in the Malay peninsula.
In general habits it does not differ from T. paradisi. It breeds commonly in Japan in June and July, placing its nest in the fork of a tree from 8 to 12 feet from the ground, and constructing it of dry grass, strips of bark and moss, inter¬woven with lichen or spiders’ webs, and lined with fine moss-roots. The eggs, 4 to 5 in number, resemble the rufous variety of the eggs of Lanius collurio, but are not so round.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
384. Terpsiphone princeps
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
384
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
261
Common name: 
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
M_ID: 
19928
M_CN: 
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
M_SN: 
Terpsiphone paradisi
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10434

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