Scientific Name: Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Malay Name: Sambar-Berlau Rengkung Hitam
Chinese Name: 白腹蓝鹟
Breeds from Korea to Japan and winters to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: intermedia, cyanomelana.
Local Subspecies: intermedia
Size: 18 cm
Male has cobalt-blue upperparts, blackish head-sides, throat and breast with rest of underparts whitish. Female has rather uniform brownish upperparts and breast with contrasting white belly and vent, whitish throat-patch and all black bill. First-winter male resembles female but has blue wings, tail and back to uppertail-coverts. Based on current knowledge, it is not possible to separate non-adult male from Zappey’s Flycatcher in the field.
Similar looking species: Zappey’s Flycatcher
Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mainly at the mid-stratum and canopy levels for insects.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: There were three photographic records of male bird in Singapore: Bukit Batok Nature Park in November 2009, the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in November 2010 and Dairy Farm Nature Park in February 2017. First-winter males and probable females had been sighted at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Kent Ridge Park, Venus Drive, Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tuas South.
BirdLife International. (2017). Cyanoptila cyanomelana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.