Scientific Name: Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Malay Name: Sambar-Berlau Rengkung Hitam
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 (BirdLife International 2017)
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Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Blue-and-white Flycatcher. Retrieved on December 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/blue-and-white-flycatcher.