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.


Size: 14-15 cm

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: Mugimaki Flycatcher, Mangrove Blue 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: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Cyornis glaucicomans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.