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Nominate subspecies
Photo by stoop
Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan, May 2001
Cyanoptila cyanomelana


Male C. c. intermedia
Photo by SeeToh
Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore, February 2017

16–17 cm (6¼-6¾ in).
Male has cobalt-blue upperparts, blackish head-sides, throat and breast with rest of underparts whitish.
Female has rather uniform brownish upperparts and breast with contrasting white belly and vent, whitish throat-patch and all black bill.
First-winter male resembles female but has blue wings, tail and back to uppertail-coverts.

Similar Species

Both male and first-winter male has a small whitish patch at the base of the outer tail feathers which can be used to separate it from the very similar looking Zappey's Flycatcher. This feature, however, may not be seen easily in the field as it may be obscured or covered by the primaries.

It is impossible to separate female from Zappey's Flycatcher in the field based on current knowledge.


First-winter male
Photo by SeeToh
Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore, November 2015

Asia: Russia, Siberia, China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java


Zappey's Flycatcher was formerly included in this species.


Photo by SeeToh
Tuas South, Singapore, October 2015

2 subspecies are currently recognized[1]:

  • C. c. cyanomelana:
  • C. c. intermedia:


Primary rainforest, Secondary forest, parkland and occasionally gardens. Low mountains.



They eat small insects such as beetles, moths and bees, also larva.


Their nest is constructed mostly from moss, and is placed in a hole under an overhanging back, a cliff crevice or among tree roots.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of this species

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