Wild Birds

Seychelles Paradise Flycatchers

Paradise Flycatchers

The Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina) is a rare paradise flycatcher found in the Seychelles, where it occurs in the Veuve Nature Reserve on La Digue.

They inhabit dense Calophyllum forests.



Males are larger than females, measuring about 20 cm in length, not including their long black central tail feathers, which can reach a length of 30 cm.

They have blue facial skin, bill, and legs.

Females measure between 16 and 18 cm in length, including the tail.

The males have a glossy black with a deep blue sheen.

Females are reddish-brown on the back, the wings, and the tail. Below, they are pale cream white.


Diet / Feeding

They prey on insects caught in flight or from a perch. They also take larvae and spiders.


Nesting / Breeding

They build oval bowl-shaped nests out of twigs, palm fiber, and spider webs.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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