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Bar-winged flycatcher-shrike

Hemipus picatus

Photo by Mapalagama Premasiri (Oriental Bird Images)

Common name:
bar-winged flycatcher-shrike (en); largarteiro-de-asa-listada (pt); échenilleur gobemouche (fr); oruguero alibarrado (es); elsterraupenschmätzer (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Campephagidae

This species is found from India and Nepal to southern China, and through Indochina into the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo.

These birds are 15 cm long and weigh 9-10 g.

The bar-winged flycatcher-shrike is mostly found in moist tropical forests, also using forest edges, moist scrublands, rural gardens and plantations.

They hunt insects by gleaning the foliage and sallying out from a perch.

These birds breed in February-August. The nest is a neat cup made of lichens and spider webs, and lined with fine grasses and plant fibres. It is placed in the horizontal surface of a dead or leafless branch. There the female lays 2-3 pale greenish-white eggs with black and grey blotches. The eggs are incubated by both sexes but there is no information on the length of the incubation and fledgling periods.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is described as locally common in the Indian subcontinent, common in Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka; locally common in South-East Asia and common in China. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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