Scientific Name: Cyornis rufigastra
Malay Name: Sambar-Biru Bakau
Chinese Name: 红树仙鹟
Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Indonesia and the Philippines.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: rufigastra, longipennis, rhizophorae, karimatensis, simplex, marinduquensis, philippinensis, mindorensis.
Local Subspecies: rufigastra
Size: 14.5 cm
Identification: Male has all blue upperparts, deep orange-rufous throat to upper belly and rest of underparts whitish. Female looks like male but has whitish face marks.
Similar looking species: Chinese Blue Flycatcher
Behaviour/Ecology: Sallies for flying insects from shaded perches. Nests in the rotted-out hollow top of nipah palm frond-base.
Local Status: Very rare resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Mangrove Blue Flycatcher. Retrieved on December 7, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/mangrove-blue-flycatcher.