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)
Featured reports: Mar 2022
Past accepted records in our database: (not a complete listing)
BirdLife International. (2017). Cyanoptila cyanomelana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T103758039A111161222.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
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.