Black-naped Monarch

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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)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Hypothymis azurea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.