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African Paradise Flycatcher

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The African Paradise Flycatcher has a blue/grey head and upper body and orange/brown underparts. The male has a more pronounced blue eye ring and a long tail. It is an Intra African migrant to South Africa although some do over winter in warmer parts of the country such as Kwazulu Natal.

 

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Female

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The nestlings "beg" for food as you can see from the photo below taken form the book, "Birds, The Inside Story" by Rael and Helene Loon.

 

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We were fortunate to witness this behaviour in December 2013 at Blyde River Canyon Resort, Mpumalanga, South Africa. We found our own beggars, or should that be the three tenors

 

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The Paradise Flycatcher is monogamous and returns to the same nesting site yesr after year.

 

The male with nestlings

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The female

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