The Monarch Flycatchers comprise a family of passerine birds which includes Boatbills, Paradise Flycatchers and Magpie Larks. They occur across sub-Saharan Africa, south-east Asia, Australia and a few Pacific Islands. Hybridization has been documented in one genus, Terpsiphone. Chapin (1948) discusses hybridization dynamics between Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher (T. rufiventer), Rufous-vented Paradise Flycatcher (T. rufocinerea) and African Paradise Flycatcher (T. viridis) in Africa. In Northern Congo, hybridization between Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher (T. rufiventer) and Bates’ Paradise Flycatcher (T. batesi) is common. About 35% of the territories are held by hybrids (Dowsett-Lemaire, 1999).

African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis)

African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis)


Chapin, J. P. (1948). Variation and hybridization among the paradise flycatchers of Africa. Evolution, 111-126.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1999). Hybridization in paradise flycatchers (Terpsiphone rufiventer, T-batesi and T-viridis) in Ondzala National Park, Northern Congo. Ostrich 70, 123-126.


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