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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Campephagidae
Genus: Hemipus
Species: H. hirundinaceus – H. picatus

Hemipus Hodgson, 1845

Hodgson, B.H. 1845. On Nepalese Birds. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 13: 32. BHL

The flycatcher-shrikes are two species of small Asian passerine bird belonging to the genus Hemipus. They are now usually placed in the Vangidae.


They are 12.5 to 14.5 cm (4.9 to 5.7 in) in length.[1] They are slender birds with fairly long wings and tails. The bill and feet are black.[2] The plumage is dark above and pale below with white on the rump. The bar-winged flycatcher-shrike has a large white patch on the wing which the black-winged flycatcher-shrike lacks.[1]
Distribution and range

They are found in broad-leaved forest, forest edge and secondary forest in southern Asia. Both species have large ranges and are not considered to be threatened. The bar-winged flycatcher-shrike occurs in the Indian Subcontinent, south-west China, mainland South-east Asia and on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.[1] The black-winged flycatcher-shrike is found in the Malay Peninsula and on Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.[2]

They forage actively in the forest canopy for insects. They are often found in groups and frequently join mixed-species foraging flocks.[2] They will also catch insects in flight.[3]

The nest is cup-shaped and built on a tree branch. Two or three eggs are laid; they are greenish or pinkish with darker markings.[1] Both parents are involved in building the nest, incubating the eggs and rearing the young.[3]
Species list

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike - Gunung Gede - West Java MG 3861 (29773557386).jpg Hemipus hirundinaceus Black-winged flycatcher-shrike Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.
Bar-Winged flycatcher Shrike DSC3833.jpg Hemipus picatus Bar-winged flycatcher-shrike Western Ghats of India

See also

The two shrike-flycatcher species of Africa are also occasionally known as flycatcher-shrikes:

Crested flycatcher-shrike: see black-and-white shrike-flycatcher (Bias musicus)
Red-eyed flycatcher-shrike: see African shrike-flycatcher (Megabyas flammulatus)


Robson, Craig (2002) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-east Asia, New Holland, London.
MacKinnon, John & Phillipps, Karen (1993) A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Perrins, Christopher, ed. (2004) The New Encyclopedia of Birds, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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