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
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)
- FLY201: An overview of brown flycatchers in Muscicapidae (ID Articles)
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)
BirdLife International. (2016). Cyanoptila cumatilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103758091A104207051.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Zappey's Flycatcher. Retrieved on November 26, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/zappeys-flycatcher.