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White Morph
Photo by DaninJapan
Krabi Mangroves Thailand, March 2011
Terpsiphone affinis


20-22 cm, with 20cm long tail streamers
Two very distinct colour phases.
Male has black head and a shaggy peaked crest, bright blue skin round eye, blue bill. Body and very long ribbon tail either entirely white, with black wing feathers, or bright chestnut-brown body and tail, greyish face and breast, paler abdomen.
Female: like the chestnut-phase male, with shorter tail, shorter crest.


Southeast Asia



There are 10 subspecies[1]:

  • T. p. saturatior:
  • Breeds in the eastern Himalayas, north-eastern India (Assam), and Bangladesh. winters at lower elevations, but non-breeding range poorly known: often reported to winter to Malay Peninsula, but perhaps only a vagrant that far south
  • T. a. burmae:
  • T. a. indochinensis:
  • T. a. affinis:
  • T. a. nicobarica:
  • T. a. borneensis:
  • T. a. procera:
  • T. a.insularis:
  • T. a. sumbaensis:
  • T. a. floris:

Formerly included in Asian Paradise-Flycatcher together with Amur Paradise-Flycatcher and Indian Paradise-Flycatcher.


Thick forests and other well-wooded habitats.



It builds a cup nest in a tree and 3-4 eggs are laid.


The diet includes insects.


It has a sharp zweet call.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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