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Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher
Coq des bois - Gobe mouches
Terpsiphone bourbonnensis

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 Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher
Paradise Flycatcher - Terpsiphone bourbonnensis
Photography by Ross Wanless
Paradise Flycatcher - Terpsiphone bourbonnensis
Photography by Colin Taylor
 

 Description

Scientific Name

Terpsiphone bourbonnensis

English Name

Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher

French Name

Tchitrec des Mascareignes

Local French Name

Coq des bois

Creole Name

Gob mus

Habitat

Forest

Geographic Range

Mauritius

First Description

Muller, 1776

CITES Status

Critically endangered estimated 150 – 200 pairs left

   

 Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves
Passeriformes
Monarchidae
Terpsiphone
Terpsiphone bourbonnensis

 

 Details

Food

Insects cought in flight

Reproduction

About three spotted eggs laid in a carefully made, cup-shaped nest of thin plant parts held by cobwebs. Nest placed in dense vegetation some 3 metres above ground. Male and female sit on the eggs. Hatching time some 12 days. Young stay a further fortnight in the nest.

Remarks

Male head iridiscent dark blue with a large crest. Female head greyish blue with smaller crest. Bird very familiar, tame and inquisitive. Lovely song. Illustated on a 5 cent stamp and a calendar published by the State Commercial Bank.
Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher stamp - SG 320 (1965) - Terpsiphone bourbonnensis
Bird Stamps

 
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Endemic Birds

Echo Parakeet

 

The Captive Breeding Program

Kestrel
Pink Pigeon
Mauritius Fody
Paradise Flycatcher
Cuckoo Shrike
Grey White-Eye
Olive White-eye
Black Bulbul

Rodrigues Warbler
Yellow Fody

   
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Sites

 

Bassin Blanc
Macchabee Forest Road

   

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References

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Michel, Claude, Birds of Mauritius, Rose Hill (Mauritius) 1992, ISBN 99903-0-140-9

 

 

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