Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

Blue and White Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) is a common breeding bird around Kyoto and males singing from prominent tree-top perches are a major element of the local birding scene in spring. They are also a common migrant and can often be seen in city parks.


Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)


Adult male has most of upperparts cobalt-blue, including upperwing-coverts, flight feather edges and tail. The primaries are black. Secondary feathers show black inner webs.

On the underparts, chin, throat, breast and flanks are black, whereas belly and vent are white. On the head, crown and nape are shiny cobalt-blue. The lower part of the forehead and face are black. The bill is black. Eyes are dark brown. Legs and feet are dusky.



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