“This female Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) surprised me by coming alongside me at a stream (above). It proceeded to splash in twice in the stream to wet the body, very much like the Fantail-flycatchers. Then it found a quite spot to preen. Notice in the composite (below) that the wings are in moult.
“The Asian Paradise-flycatcher is both a resident and migrant. It is said to be differentiated from the far less common Japanese Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) by a less-sharper chest demarcation from belly and sharper contrast between crown and sides of face (Robson 2002). I was not able to see the belly well and the face and crown were similar. However the brighter tail and richer rufous wings support the Asian (Wells 2007).
“Not sure which subspecies as, most likely T. p. affinis.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd October 2016
Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail along primary jungle