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  Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)





Blue-and-white Flycatcher | Cyanoptila cyanomelana photo
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

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Blue-and-white Flycatcher | Cyanoptila cyanomelana photo
Blue-and-white Flycatcher female

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Blue-and-white Flycatcher is from Asia and a rare vagrant to Australia with a few records from offshore islands. The adult male is dark blue above with black face and chest, and white underside. The female is a drab brown bird with white belly. The bill is black and eyes are dark brown. Immature males are like females but with blue wings and tail.

Size
17 cm

Habitat
forest, woodland

Food
insects, fruit

Breeding
The nest is cup-shaped made from moss, lichen, plant fibres and built near the ground, sheltered by rock, tree roots or foliage. The female lays 4 to 6 pale brown eggs.

Range
The Blue-and-white Flycatcher breeds in eastern Asia and migrates to south east Asia in winter. It is a rare vagrant to Australia with a few records from offshore islands.

distribution map showing range of Cyanoptila cyanomelana in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Turdidae
Genus:Cyanoptila
Species:cyanomelana
Common Name:Blue-and-white Flycatcher