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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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Introduction

A rather unobtrusive, colorful insectivorous inhabitant of shady undergrowth in evergreen forest of hilly regions. Exhibits marked sexual dichromaticism in plumage, with males being deep blue on the upperparts contrasting with a bright rufous-orange throat and breast. Female as male, but blue upperparts replaced by grayish brown, with rufous tail.

It is typically common across much of the mainland of south-eastern Asia, but usually less uncommon in adjacent parts of north-eastern India and southern China. Despite the conspicuous male plumage, it is usually detected by its harsh "tac" call or variable, rich, melodious warbling whistles. It generally sits still for long periods, waiting to dart out and capture passing insects.

Until recently, it had been treated as conspecific with the more range-restricted Javan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis banyumas) and Dayak Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis montanus) under a broader Cyornis banyumas (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Other species have also been considered conspecific Hill Blue Flycatcher in the past, including Large Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris) (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) and Palawan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis lemprieri) (13, 9, 14).

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