img
Birds

Tickell's
Blue Flycatcher

Least Concern

Stable

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis tickelliae

The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher is a small perching bird in the flycatcher family. This is an insectivorous species which breeds in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. They are blue on the upperparts and the throat and breast are rufous. They are found in dense scrub to forest habitats.

The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher is 15 cm long. It sits upright and often forages in the undergrowth. The male has the upperparts dark blue and the throat breast and flanks are orange fading into the buffy white belly. The female is duller blue with a brighter blue brow, shoulder, rump and tail. It hybridizes with the Pale-chinned Flycatcher in the Eastern Ghats of India and these hybrids have sometimes been called the subspecies vernayi. The juvenile is streaked and has a spotted mantle.It is an upright long-tailed flycatcher. The male is a beautiful bird which has bright blue upperparts, a red throat and breast, and the rest of the underparts white.

Females are duller, and the red is reduced in intensity and extent. Juvenile birds have scaly brown upperparts, head and breast, with just the wings and tail being blue. They have sometimes been to feed even after dusk. Apart from flying insects they have been noted to occasionally glean crawling insects.

The widespread species shows regional variations in plumage and size and several of these populations have been designated with subspecies names. The nominate form is found in India, Nepal and Myanmar.

-

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    અધરંગ
  • Malayalam:
    നീലക്കുരുവി
  • Marathi:
    निलीमा
  • Sanskrit:
    नील मक्षाद
Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
MUSCICAPIDAE
Cyornis tickelliae

Quick Facts
  • It is a wary bird, very difficult to spot even after metallic song is clearly heard.
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Range Map

Similar Birds

similar Birds you may like

img

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Muscicapa dauurica
Read more
img

Blue-capped Redstart

Phoenicurus coeruleocephala
Read more
img

Blue-fronted Redstart

Phoenicurus frontalis
Read more
img

Blue-throated Flycatcher

Cyornis rubeculoides
Read more
img

Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Muscicapa muttui
Read more
img

Little Forktail

Enicurus scouleri
Read more
img

Nilgiri Flycatcher

Eumyias albicaudatus
Read more
img

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Ficedula parva
Read more
img

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher

Ficedula ruficauda
Read more
img

Slaty-backed Forktail

Enicurus schistaceus
Read more
img

Spotted Forktail

Enicurus maculatus
Read more
img

Taiga Flycatcher

Ficedula albicilla
Read more
img

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ficedula superciliaris
Read more
img

Verditer Flycatcher

Eumyias thalassinus
Read more
img

White-bellied Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis pallidipes
Read more