If you’re looking for a bird that embodies grace and beauty, look no further than the Paradise Flycatcher. With its long, flowing tail and bright colours, this bird is a delight to behold. If you’re lucky enough to visit the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve in northern Zululand, South Africa, you may just catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature in flight.
What does this bird look like?
Where are they found?
These birds are found in sub-Saharan Africa and are known for their acrobatic flying abilities. They are often seen darting through the air in pursuit of insects, which make up the bulk of their diet. They are also known to eat fruit and nectar.
One of the best places to see the Paradise Flycatcher is at the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve, which is situated on the Mkuze River in northern Zululand. The reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros), but it’s also a great place to spot smaller creatures like the Paradise Flycatcher and the best time to see these amazing creatures is in our summer months which is from December to end of March but they can still be found as late as May!
The Paradise Flycatcher is not just a beautiful bird, but also an important one. Through their ferocious appetite, they play an important role in keeping insect populations in check. They are also an indicator species, meaning that their presence (or absence) can give us clues about the health of an ecosystem.
During the mating season the male will put on a colourful courtship display, sometime to several females at once, flying in a bobbing motion to best expose his bright under parts and long flashy tail. Once settled onto a branch he will call the females closer with his bill wide open, exposing the bright inside of his mouth, while at the same time quivering his wings and sweeping his long tail back and forth. He may even add a little dance to his display. Once a mate is chosen and accepted, African Paradise Flycatchers are monogamous, pairing for life.
In conclusion, the Paradise Flycatcher is a stunning bird that is well worth seeking out if you’re visiting the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve. Whether you’re a bird enthusiast or just appreciate the beauty of nature, this bird is sure to leave a lasting impression. And if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate this magnificent creature, be sure to order our new & delicious “Paradise Flycatcher” cocktail which is being showcased this month and is to be enjoyed on the deck under the beautiful Zululand skies.
Rangers Jacques, Ranger Phillip and Mixologist Musi had some fun with our guests and our signature Amakhosi cocktail of the month!
How to make the Paradise Fly Catcher Cocktail
It’s 2 tots Aperol.
2 tots orange juice.
100ml sparkling wine.
100ml soda water.
Garnishes: orange slices, mint, Edible flowers.
“Paradise Flycatcher” Cheers to nature’s beauty
We would love to know how you enjoyed our favorite cocktail in honor of this feathered friend.
Regards the Ama Team
Cocktail created by the Ama team!