Photographer: Norbu Destination: Bhutan
The Fire-tailed Myzornis is a stunning tiny bird with bright green plumage, black mask and crown scalloping, and a red flash in its black and white wings. Its most distinctive feature is its red-sided tail. This species can be found in Nepal, Bhutan, Northeast India, Myanmar, and South China.
While they are mostly resident in their habitats, altitudinal descent is evident from October, and return movements occur from March. This is believed to follow the progressive upslope flowering of rhododendrons, which they feed on, along with spiders, small flies, other insects, berries such as raspberries, flower nectars, and tree sap.
Fire-tailed Myzornis are typically observed as solitary birds, in small parties of 3-5, or in larger flocks of up to 20. Breeding season starts from April to June, although a pair with juveniles was found in Bhutan during mid-September, suggesting an extended season.
While they are not considered globally threatened, the Fire-tailed Myzornis is becoming somewhat scarce due to habitat loss caused by deforestation and agricultural expansion. Conservation efforts are necessary to preserve the habitats and populations of this beautiful bird.