Terpsiphone Gloger, in Froriep's Notiz., xvi, p. 278 (1827). Type, T. paradisic
In the genus Terpsiphone the young are less definitely barred or spotted than those of most Flycatchers, otherwise the typical characteristics are developed to a greater extent than in any other genus.
The bill is very large, depressed and swollen at the base, whilst the rictal bristles are long, coarse and numerous. The tarsus is short but fairly stout, the head is crested and the tail long and graduated, with the central pair of rectrices greatly lengthened. The sexes are alike at first but are very dissimilar in fully adult plumage.
There is only one species which occurs over the whole of Ceylon, India, Burma, Malaya and the Indo-Chinese countries, varying considerably in the females and young males, though but slightly in the adult males, in different parts of its habitat.