Zappey’s Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Cyanoptila cumatilis
Malay Name: Sambar-Berlau Rengkung Biru
Chinese Name: 琉璃蓝鹟

Found from Siberia, northeast China to North Korea and winter to Southeast Asia


Size: 18 cm

Male resembles Blue-and-white Flycatcher but has less dark or more bluish head-sides, throat and breast. Female and first-winter male cannot be distinguished from Blue-and-white Flycatcher.

Similar looking species: Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mainly at the mid-stratum and canopy levels for insects.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: There were two confirmed photographic records of male bird in Singapore: the first at Chestnut Trail in November 2006 and the second at Bidadari in November 2015. Probable females and first-winter males had been sighted at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Kent Ridge Park, Venus Drive, Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tuas South.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Cyanoptila cumatilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.