Monday, October 1, 2012

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyomis tickelliae)



Identification

14cm
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

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:
  1. C. t. tickelliae: India to south-weestern China (southern Yunnan), northern Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  2. C. t. jerdoni: Sri Lanka.
  3. C. t. sumatrensis: Southern peninsula Thailand to Malaysia and north-eastern Sumatra.
  4. C. t. indochina: Southern Myanmar to Thailand and Indochina.
  5. C. t. lamprus: Anambas Islands (South China Sea).
Habitat

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

Behaviour

It nests in a hole in a tree or amongst rocks and 3-5 eggs are laid.

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