Chinese Blue Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Cyornis glaucicomans

Malay Name: Sambar-Biru Utara

Chinese Name: 中华仙鹟

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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 Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher

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

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

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Chinese Blue Flycatcher Cyornis glaucicomans
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Feb 19-Feb 25, Feb 26-Mar 04, Mar 05-Mar 11 (4 more)
Early date 11 Oct 2020
Late date 16 Mar 2020
One of only two rare Cyornis flycatchers in Singapore, the other one being the Mangrove Blue Flycatcher.


BirdLife International. (2016). Cyornis glaucicomans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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