Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina)

This threatened and endemic male of the Seychelles paradise flycatcher is found on La Digue and a very few other islands in Seychelles, is naturally unaware of its status, and was living a busy life during my visit as it was breeding time!

Even though this male is dark and has a long tail, it is not easy to see in their range as they usually sit high in the trees looking for prey. I was in luck with this one sitting in this spot for a few seconds, as with all other encounters I had foliage and branches in the way.

I also found a pair busy around a new nest! But even then the male was playing hard to catch, as it did not visit the nest even once. Thus I got excellent shots of the female at least.

The human interventions of moving pairs to other islands have been successful as the species has been downlisted from critically endangered to just vulnerable – a wonderful change to an endless list of species being pushed towards extinction and beyond!

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina)

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvina)

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