The Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), landing.
This beautiful bird has eluded me ever since I began birding. Missed spotting it in Kabini as well as Sinhagad. Finally spotted in the most unlikely place – Ulwe. This one gave me and Prashant Godbole less than a minute of sighting. Hema Dayal was luckier and got a longer sighting. Hoping to see a fully grown one soon – that’s even more beautiful, with its long tail.
wiki note : Young males are rufous and have short tails. They acquire long tails in their second or third year. Adult males are either predominantly bright rufous above or predominantly white. Some specimens show some degree of intermediacy between rufous and white. Long-tailed rufous birds are generally devoid of shaft streaks on the wing and tail feathers, while in white birds the shaft streaks, and sometimes the edges of the wing and tail feathers are black.
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