Scientific Name: Hypothymis azurea
Malay Name: Murai-Ranting Biasa
Chinese Name: 黑枕王鹟
Range: Found from Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: styani, oberholseri, ceylonensis, tytleri, idiochroa, nicobarica, montana, galerita, forrestia, prophata, javana, penidae, karimatensis, opisthocyanea, gigantoptera, consobrina, leucophila, richmondi, abbotti, symmixta, azurea, aeria, catarmanensis.
Local Subspecies: prophata
Size: 16-17.5 cm
Identification: Male has distinctive all blue upperparts and breast, white belly and black nuchal tuft and breast band. Female has a dull bluish head, greyish breast, brownish upperparts and whitish belly. Juvenile resembles female.
Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth near forest.
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet consist presumably of small insects which are usually snatched when flushed.
Local Status: Very rare resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Featured reports: Aug 2023
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