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Alternative names: Blue-fronted Flycatcher; Hoevell's Warbling Flycatcher; Hoevell's Flycatcher; Celebes Blue Flycatcher

Eumyias hoevelli

Cyornis hoevelli


15cm. A medium-sized Flycatcher with a large bill.


  • Deep blue head, nape, chin and upper breast
  • Brighter shining blue on forehead extending along side of crown to behind eye
  • Olive-brown upperparts, including upperwings
  • Blackish tail with rust-brown outer edges
  • Deep orange lower breast, belly and undertail-coverts
  • Black bill and legs


Photo © by THE_FERN
Lake Tambing, Lore Lindu, Indonesia, 3 July 2023
  • Grey or grey-brown hood, greyish-buff chin and throat
  • Rest of plumage similar to male

Juveniles are brownish with buff spots above and blackish bars and scaling below.


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. Found in the montane forests of the centre and south-east of the island. Common in its small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Forms a superspecies with Timor Blue Flycatcher and Matinan Blue Flycatcher.


Moist montanes. Occurs between 1400 and 2300m.


Usually seen alone, in pairs or in mixed-species flocks. Easy to overlook and best found when it's singing.


There is little information about diet but includes small vertebrates.
Forages from undergrowth to lower middle levels of forest.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553064

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