Zappey’s Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Cyanoptila cumatilis

Malay Name: Sambar-Berlau Rengkung Biru

Chinese Name: 琉璃蓝鹟

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 18 cm

Identification: 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)

Past records in our database:

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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Zappey's Flycatcher Cyanoptila cumatilis
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Nov 19-Nov 25
Early date 02 Nov 2015
Late date 17 Apr 2008
Only adult males are identifiable in the field, as other plumages cannot be safely separated from Blue-and-white Flycatcher.


BirdLife International. (2016). Cyanoptila cumatilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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