Zappey’s Flycatcher

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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)


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 (Zappey’s Flycatcher)

BirdLife International. (2016). Cyanoptila cumatilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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