Hill Blue Flycatcher Cyornis whitei Scientific name definitions

Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij, Peter Clement, and David Christie
Version: 1.1 — Published August 18, 2021


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Typically vocal (1), but rather unobtrusive (21) in undergrowth and shaded lower levels of forest (14). More frequently heard than seen.


Tends to sit motionless for long periods on perch where it scans for flying insects and darts out to catch (14).


Visits shallow accumulated water source on the ground to bath and drink regularly including in protected areas such as Tak Sin Maharat National Pak, Ob Khan National Park, Si Satchanalai National Park, and Phu Suan Sai National Park.


Loners or pairs emit vocalizations from regular stations, likely to defend or advertise territories (7).

Social and Interspecific Behavior

Pair-members usually stays in the same vicinity loosely year-round (43), but commonly becomes solitary outside breeding season (14).


Potential predators of Hill Blue Flycatcher’s nests include Northern Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca leonina) and Green Cat Snake (Boiga cyanea) as they are responsible for the highest incidents of nest predation in Khao Yai National Park (44).

Recommended Citation

Limparungpatthanakij , W. L., P. Clement, and D. A. Christie (2021). Hill Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis whitei), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hibfly1.01.1