• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by svenky1962
Nandi Hills, Bangalore, June 2006
Cyornis tickelliae

Identification

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)
Male:

  • Bright blue upperparts
  • Red throat and breast
  • White underparts

Female:

  • Duller
  • Less red on the breast

Juvenile:

  • Scaly brown upperparts, head and breast
  • Blue wings and tail

Distribution

Female
Photo by James Williams
Coorg, Karnataka, Southern India, May 2005

Asia
Nepal, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Subspecies sumatrensis
Photo by djgary
Khao Yai, Thailand, February 2018

There are 5 subspecies recognised by Clements[1]:

  • C. t. tickelliae:
  • C. t. jerdoni:
  • C. t. sumatrensis:
  • C. t. indochina:
  • C. t. lamprus:
  • Anambas Islands (South China Sea)

Habitat

Open dry forest, deciduous woods, scrub, coffee plantations, bamboo and gardens.

Behaviour

Diet

There is not a lot of information, but they are known to eat invertebrates and larvae.

Breeding

They are territorial and nest in a tree hole or amongst rocks. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

References

  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

Recommended Citation

External Links

Top