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Rufous-vented Niltava - BirdForum Opus

Photo by the late Laurence Poh
G. Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Niltava sumatrana


15 cm (6 in)

  • Iridescent blue crown
  • Dark blue upperparts


Mountains of Malay Peninsula and Sumatra


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by wondersf2010
Brinchang, Malaysia, 13 May 2009

Mountainous broad-leaved evergreen forests



Their diet is not well known, but appears to consist of small fruits and insects. Outside of the breeding season they are seen alone or in pairs, though sometimes with mixed species flocks.


Photo © by wondersf2010
Brinchang, Malaysia, 13 May 2009

Their nest is constructed mostly from moss and placed in the crevice of a moss-covered tree about 3 m off the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Clement, P. (2020). Rufous-vented Niltava (Niltava sumatrana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59103 on 1 February 2020)

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