Blue-and-white Flycatcher

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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)

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BirdLife International. (2017). Cyanoptila cyanomelana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. 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.