Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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, kalaoensis.

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

Habitat: Mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Sallies for flying insects from shaded perches. Nests in the rotted-out hollow top of nipah palm frond-base.

Local Status: Rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database: Showing the most recent 10 records. See more on our database page.

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Mangrove Blue Flycatcher)

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Cyornis rufigastra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103762260A94215225.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.