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Hemipus
109730121.ONvVnDlL. D312283
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Tephrodornithidae (but see text)
Genus Hemipus

Hemipus or flycatcher-shrike, is a genus of passerines. They were traditionally placed in the Campephagidae (cuckooshrikes) family. It now appears that they, along with the philentomas, are more closely related to the woodshrikes in the family Tephrodornithidae.

Description

They are 12.5 to 14.5 cm (4.9 to 5.7 in) in length. They are slender birds with fairly long wings and tails. The bill and feet are black. The plumage is dark above and pale below with white on the rump. The bar-winged flycatcher-shrike has a large white patch on the wing which the black-winged flycatcher-shrike lacks.

Distribution

They are found in broad-leaved forest, forest edge and secondary forest in southern Asia. Both species have large ranges and are not considered to be threatened. The bar-winged flycatcher-shrike occurs in the Indian Subcontinent, south-west China, mainland Southeast Asia and on the islands of Sumatr and Borneo. The black-winged flycatcher-shrike is found in the Malay Peninsula and on Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.

Behavior

They forage actively in the forest canopy for insects. They are often found in groups and frequently join mixed-species foraging flocks. They will also catch insects in flight.

he nest is cup-shaped and built on a tree branch. Two or three eggs are laid; they are greenish or pinkish with darker markings. Both parents are involved in building the nest, incubating the eggs and rearing the young.

Species

Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Temminck, 1822) (Hemipus hirundinaceus)
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Sykes, 1832) (Hemipus picatus)
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