Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)


French: Gobemouche bleu German: Taigablauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas azul

Muscicapa cyanomelana


, 1829,



Until recently considered conspecific with C. cumatilis (which see). Race intermedia not generally recognized until recently, differing in its matt vs glossy black breast and slightly paler blue upperparts#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. intermedia (Weigold, 1922) – NE China (Heilongjiang S to E Hebei), S Russian Far East and Korea#R; non-breeding in Taiwan, Hainan, SE Asia, Philippines and Greater Sundas.
  • C. c. cyanomelana (Temminck, 1829) – S Kuril Is and Japan (South from Hokkaido)#R; non-breeding Taiwan, SE China (Hainan), Indochina, Philippines and Greater Sundas, possibly N Sulawesi#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; mean 25 g. Large and attractive flycatcher. Male of nominate race has top of head to nape and most of upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, edges of flight... read more


    Song, at early dawn and again at dusk (rarely during day), from arrival in breeding areas to mid... read more


    Primary and secondary lowland and submontane forests, including taiga, wooded montane slopes and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food includes small invertebrates, principally beetles (Coleoptera), moths (Lepidoptera) and bees (Hymenoptera) and their larvae; also... read more


    Season late May to early Aug. Nest mostly of moss, placed low down in hole or crevice in cliff, among tree roots or under overhanging bank... read more


    Migratory. Entire population moves S to wintering grounds in Taiwan, SE China, SE Asia and E... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or locally common in Russian Far East and Japan; uncommon in NE China. Uncommon to rare non-breeding visitor in Malay... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).