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Bates's Paradise Flycatcher
11 18 010 Terpsiphone batesi batesi m
Male
Information
Range Cameroon and the south-western Central African Republic through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo and much of the Democratic Republic of the Congo south as far as north-west Angola.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Monarchidae
Genus Terpsiphone
Species Terpsiphone batesi

The Bates's paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone batesi), is a species of paradise flycatcher in the Monarchidae family. It is native to Central Africa. It is was formerly included in the rufous-vented paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufocinerea) but is now often regarded as a separate species. Its name commemorates the American ornithologist George Latimer Bates.

It is usually 18 centimetres long but males in parts of Cameroon and Angola have elongated central tail-feathers making them 23-28 centimetres long. The head and underparts are blue-grey while the upperparts are rufous. The sexes are similar in coloration. The song is a series of ringing "tswee" notes.

The rufous-vented paradise flycatcher is similar in appearance but has a darker head with a crest and males always have elongated central tail-feathers.

It inhabits the understorey of forests. It occurs from Cameroon and the south-western Central African Republic through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo and much of the Democratic Republic of the Congo south as far as north-west Angola. There are two subspecies: Terpsiphone batesi batesi in the north and Terpsiphone batesi bannermani in the south.

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