French: Elminie bleue German: Blauhaubenschnäpper Spanish: Elminia azul
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Subspecies and Distribution
E. l. longicauda
(Swainson, 1838) – Senegal and Gambia E discontinuously to S Mali, S Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
E. l. teresita
Antinori, 1864 – Cameroon S to N Angola and E through DRCongo to South Sudan, Uganda, W Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania.
15–18 cm; 7–12 g. Small, dainty and slender blue flycatcher with blunt crest and long graduated tail. Male nominate race is almost entirely bright cobalt-blue... read more
Song a series of unhurried, rambling and rather tuneless notes strung together in no particular... read more
Montane forest, gallery forest, riverine forest and coastal forest, secondary bush and acacias in... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly small invertebrates, including small bees and ants (Hymenoptera), flies (Diptera), termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Jun in Ghana, Jul in Togo, Mar and Jun–Aug in Nigeria and Feb–Aug in Cameroon; Jan, Apr, Jun, Sept, Nov and Dec in Gabon, Aug... read more
Mostly sedentary, though a few visitors recorded N to S Mauritania during rainy season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally common. Sparsely distributed in Ivory Coast, common in N Angola, widespread and generally common in Uganda. Present in numerous... read more
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