Verditer Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Eumyias thalassinus
Malay Name: Sambar-Ranting Biasa
Chinese Name: 铜蓝鹟

Breeds from Himalayas to southeast Asia and Sumatra, with the northern race thalassinus being a short-distance migrant to southeast Asia; race thallasoides is resident in southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: thalassinus, thalassoides.

Size: 15-17 cm

Verditer-blue plumage makes this a rather distinctive flycatcher unlikely to be confused with other species. Also note whitish tips to undertail-covert feathers (which separate this species from the locally-unrecorded Pale Blue Flycatcher). Males have dark lores, while females and subadult birds have pale greyish lores.

Habitat: Forests, parkland, and other wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Like a typical flycatcher, feeds in mid- to upper-canopy, occasionally descending lower or even to the ground. Sometimes perches on telephone lines, or other man-made structures while hawking for insects.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Eumyias thalassinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Clement, P. (2020). Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.