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Blyth's paradise-flycatcher

Terpsiphone affinis, Edward Blyth, 1846

(In Thai: นกแซวสวรรค์)

Blyth's paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis) also called the oriental paradise flycatcher, is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae.

It is native from southern China to Sumatra and Melanesia. Formerly, it was considered a subspecies of the Asian paradise flycatcher until elevated to species rank by the IOC in 2015.


Ten subspecies are recognized:

  • T. a. saturatior - (Salomonsen, 1933): Breeds in the eastern parts of Nepal and northeastern India, in eastern Bangladesh and northern Myanmar; populations occurring in Malaysia migrate northward for breeding.
  • T. a. nicobarica - Oates, 1890: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Nicobar Islands
  • T. a. burmae - (Salomonsen, 1933): Found in central Myanmar
  • T. a. indochinensis - (Salomonsen, 1933): Found in eastern Myanmar and southern China to Indochina
  • T. a. affinis - (Blyth, 1846): Found on Malay Peninsula and Sumatra
  • T. a. procera - (Richmond, 1903): Originally described as a separate species. Found on Simeulue (off north-western Sumatra)
  • T. a. insularis - Salvadori, 1887: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Nias (off north-western Sumatra)
  • T. a. borneensis - (Hartert, 1916): Found on Borneo
  • T. a. sumbaensis - Meyer, AB, 1894: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Sumba (southern Lesser Sundas)
  • T. a. floris - Büttikofer, 1894: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Sumbawa, Alor, Lembata and Flores (central Lesser Sundas)

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Resident and winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal statuses:

  • Resident or presumed resident
  • Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Terpsiphone affinis

Common names

  • Thai: นกแซวสวรรค์


  • Tchitrea affinis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Blyth's paradise flycatcher

Range Map

Distribution map of Blyth's paradise-flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis in Thailand
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Bangkok Province
  • Chae Son National Park
  • Chaiya District, Surat Thani
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Erawan National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Krung National Park
  • Kaeng Som Maew Queen Sirikit Forest Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Nan National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khun Nan National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Lanta National Park
  • Kromluang Chumphon Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Ping National Park
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chonburi District, Chonburi
  • Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Lampang District, Lampang
  • Mueang Phichit District, Phichit
  • Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Phu Foi Lom National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Phu Wiang National Park
  • Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
  • Samut Prakan Province
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Si Satchanalai National Park
  • Sri Nakarin Dam National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wang Saphung District, Loei
  • Wat Phai Lom & Wat Ampu Wararam Non-Hunting Area
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Terpsiphone affinis in Thailand