French: Gobemouche bleu German: Taigablauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas azul
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.
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
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