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Blue Whistling Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, March 2005
Myophonus caeruleus


29–35 cm (11½-13¾ in)

  • Dark blue plumage
  • White speckled head, back and upper belly
  • Dark iris and legs


Asia: found in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java

Subspecies temminckii
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Kainchi Ashram, Bhowali, Alt. 4800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2011



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • M. c. temminckii:
  • M. c. eugenei:
  • M. c. caeruleus:
  • M. c. crassirostris:
  • M. c. dichrorhynchus:
  • M. c. flavirostris
  • Foothills and montane forests of Java


Found in a wide variety of habitats from urban parks and gardens, woodlands and coniferous forests; rocky cliffs and gullies and limestone caves. Has been observed at heights around 4000 feet. Also found in islands off the Thai peninsula.


Commonly flicks tail and perches in exposed areas. Call is a high, piercing whistle.


Their main diet consists of invertebrates, such as ants, slugs, snails, crabs, froglets, dung beetles, cockchafer larvae and water beetles.


Call recorded before day-break, at 5 am; Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 6600 ft, India; April-2011

Both recordings by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5500 ft., Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, Oct.-2016
Morning song by one individual.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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