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Blyth's paradise flycatcher

Thai: นกแซวสวรรค์, nok saew sawan

Binomial name: Terpsiphone affinis, Edward Blyth, 1846

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

It is found 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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Scientific classification

Terpsiphone affinis

Common names

  • Thai: นกแซวสวรรค์, nok saew sawan


  • Tchitrea affinis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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

Range map of Terpsiphone affinis in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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