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Verditer Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Asian or Indian Verditer Flycatcher

Male, nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Ranikhet Hill Station, Alt. 6900 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 10 April 2019
Eumyias thalassinus


15–17 cm (6-6¾ in)

  • Bright blue body
  • Black lores and eye patches (lacking in the female)
  • Undertail coverts have pale tip in contrast to blue bases


From Northern Pakistan over India, the Himalayas to Southern China, Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. It has been also recorded in outskirts of Karachi city in Pakistan; this indicates extension in their winter migration range from India in to Pakistan .

Male, subspecies E. t. thalassoides
Photo © by makus
Genting, Pahang, Malaysia, September 2006


This species was previously (erroneously) designated Eumyias thalassina.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • E. t. thalassinus:
  • E. t. thalassoides:


Broadleaved evergreen and montane rainforests up to a height of 2565m. Any well-wooded area.

Female, subspecies E. t. thalassoides
Photo © by the late Dr Manjeet Singh
Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, February 2007



There is little information; they appear to eat small invertebrates and ripe berries.


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  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Birdforum thread discussing id of Verditer vs Pale Blue Flycatcher

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