Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Pied Flycatcher-shrike

Native Habitat

Moist-deciduous Forests




Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Hemipus picatus

The Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike is a small passerine bird formerly placed in the cuckooshrike family but probably closer to the woodshrikes. It is found in the forests of tropical southern Asia from the Himalayas and hills of southern India to Indonesia. Mainly insectivorous it is found hunting in the mid-canopy of forests, often joining mixed-species foraging flocks.

Males are velvety black while females tend to be greyish brown but the pattern varies across the geographic populations. Both males and females of the Himalayan H. p. capitalis have a brown back but the males have a black head. The Sri Lankan population leggei lacks sexual dimorphism in plumage. H. p. intermedius has only the females with a brownish back. The tail is black but the outer tail feathers are white while the non-central tail feathers are tipped with white.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    કાબરો કશ્યો
  • Hindi:
    छोटा काला लहटोरा
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    कवड्या माशीमार खाटिक
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Hemipus picatus