Chinese Blue Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Cyornis glaucicomans
Malay Name: Sambar-Biru Utara
Chinese Name: 中华仙鹟

Found from western to central China and winters to mainland Southeast Asia.

Monotypic. Previously considered conspecific with Blue-throated Flycatcher (Cyornis rubeculoides).

Size: 14-15 cm

Identification: Male resembles Mangrove Blue Flycatcher but orange-rufous plumage extends from throat to upperbreast only with rest of underparts whitish and extensive brown wash on flanks. Female resembles Mugimaki Flycatcher but slightly bigger and has warmer brown upperparts without whitish wingbar, rufescent tail and pale buff throat that contrasts with orange-rufous breast and brown-washed flanks.

Similar looking species: Mangrove Blue FlycatcherMugimaki Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens, wooded areas and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly in the mid-stratum and understorey for insects.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Not recognised (IUCN 3.1)

Location: There are four confirmed sightings in Singapore:

1997 – A first-winter male at Sungei Buloh in November

2013 – A male at Bidadari in November

2020 – A male at Dillenia Hut, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, from February to March and a male at Jurong Lake Gardens on 11 October


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Chinese Blue Flycatcher (male) from Bidadari. Photo credits: Alan Ng

External Links:
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore