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.
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)
- Singapore Birds Database: A Digital Museum of Local Bird Information (Science)
- Finding past rarity records by date (Birding Starter Pack)
- FLY201: An overview of brown flycatchers in Muscicapidae (ID Articles)
Featured reports: Oct 2022
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Chinese Blue Flycatcher)
BirdLife International. (2016). Cyornis glaucicomans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103762252A104350561.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Chinese Blue Flycatcher. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-blue-flycatcher.