Hill Blue Flycatcher Cyornis whitei Scientific name definitions

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Vocal Array


Songs consists of sweet, variable melodious warbling sequences typical of Cyornis, usually starting with thin “si” or “tsi” notes (19). Recalls Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (C. tickelliae) and Indochinese Blue Flycatcher (C. sumatrensis) but phrases longer, more complex and rapidly delivered (20, 21, 19). Contains fewer notes per phrase, more descending (11) and overall higher pitched than that of Large Blue Flycatcher (C. magnirostris) (17). C. w. coerulifrons sings a cadence of five disyllabic notes (three sharply down scale, and fourth and fifth about halfway back up scale).

Both members of pair sing in duet and often intersperse song with loud, harsh “tak” notes (7, 17) resembling a typical call. Other calls include scolding “trrt-trrt-trrt” (21, 19, 1) and hard “chek-chek” (42). Adults of both sexes utter short, whistled song in the context of alarm (22, 20, 21).

Sex Differences

Female is usually less vocal than male (43).

Nonvocal Sounds

The sound of mandibles snapping from Hill Blue Flycatcher catching a prey is often audible.

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