Alternative name: Blue Crested Flycatcher
- Elminia longicauda
15–18 cm (6-7 in)
- Cobalt blue upperparts and throat
- Lighter below
- Long tail
Females and immatures
- Narrow band of blue on edges of wing and tail-feathers.
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi
Sometimes considered a superspecies with the White-tailed Blue-Flycatcher, E. albicauda.
- The alternative name Blue Crested Flycatcher may lead to confusion with Blue-crested Flycatcher, Myiagra azureocapilla.
- E. l. longicauda:
- E. l. teresita:
Open secondary forest, mangrove, swampy or riverine forests, and wooded savannas, cleared and abandoned fruit and cocoa plantations.
The diet consists almost entirely of insects such as bees, ants, flies, termites and beetles, which can be hawked or gleaned.
They construct a compact, cup-shaped nest. The clutch contains 1-2 white eggs which are incubated by the female. Both parents feed the young, with assistance from non-breeding adults or immatures in the group.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) African Blue Flycatcher. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 2 August 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/African_Blue_Flycatcher