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Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher

Photo by Steve G
Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia, West Africa, March 2005
Terpsiphone rufiventer

Includes Annobon Paradise-Flycatcher


Long tail streamers (nearly as long as the bird itself)
Male: black head, chestnut plumage, black wingbar
Female: drabber than the male and lacks the tail streamers
Juveniles - plain brown

Photo by Steve G
Abuko, The Gambia, December, 2009

Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer) is closely related to African Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis), and hybrids occur with the underparts a mixture of black and red.


West and central and east Africa, south of the Sahara. Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po), Annobon, São Tomé and Príncipe



There are 11 subspecies[1]:

Smithii from Annabon, an island in the Gulf of Guinea, is sometimes split as full species, Annobon Paradise-Flycatcher.


Moist savannah woodland.



Two eggs are laid in a tiny cup nest in a tree.


The diet includes insects.


Call: a sharp zweet.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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