Indian Paradise Flycatcher


A bird I have longed to see since childhood and only saw this time when I arrived in Sri Lanka. They are commonly identified as “siuru hora” meaning thief of orange robes (referring to that of Buddhist monks), due to its rufous plumage. They can be spotted easier during winter months when Sri Lanka gets migrant Indian Paradise Flycatchers in addition to its resident population. Below is the most beautiful one I’ve seen thus far, with the longest tail.

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Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Adult Male)
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Indian Paradise Flycatcher showing off its tail feathers and spiky crest

 

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