Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

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, blythi, marinduquensis, philippinensis, mindorensis, peromissus, 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 (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Suitable mangrove areas in Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin and Changi Creek.

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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

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2