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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)

Range Map

Distribution map of Blyth's paradise-flycatcher, Terpsiphone affinis in Thailand
Range map of Terpsiphone affinis in Thailand