The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Afrikaans name: Paradysvlieëvanger

African Paradise-Flycatcher

African Paradise Flycatcher

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Terpsiphone viridis

The African Paradise-Flycatcher is a common and well-known bird in many gardens during spring and summer.

It is found over most of the eastern half of the country as well as the coastal region down to Cape Town. It is a breeding summer visitor to South Africa.

The African Paradise-Flycatcher eats insects and little else. It can be seen actively foraging in trees and bushes.

They prefer well-vegetated areas such as gardens, forests and woodlands.

The pair make a neat cup-shaped nest in the fork of small branches. Up to 4 eggs are laid and the eggs and chicks are cared for by both parents.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 162

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 64

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 56

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 344

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 372

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 141

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 188

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 39

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 288

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 60

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 518

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 620

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 366

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 474

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 486

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 29

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 84

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 42

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 368

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 368

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 90

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 94

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 46

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 268

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 186

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 63

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 180

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 222

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 66

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 104

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 192

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 93

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 239

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 188

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 56

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 56

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 254

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