Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Malay Name: Sambar Biru-Putih Jepun
Chinese Name: 白腹蓝鹟

Range:
Breeds from Korea to Japan and winters to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: intermedia, cyanomelana

Local Subspecies: intermedia

Size: 18 cm

Identification: 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 (IUCN 3.1)

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.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2