Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Blue Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone cyanescens)


French: Tchitrec de Palawan German: Kobaltparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca de Palawan

Zeocephus cyanescens


, 1877,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines




Calamian Group and Palawan, in W Philippines.

Descriptive notes

Male 22 cm, female 19 cm. Male is mostly greyish-blue, except for black lores, chin, flight-feathers and underside of tail; very faint narrow black breastband separating... read more


A loud staccato (almost rattling) trill lasting c. 4 seconds and repeated several times per minute... read more


Understorey of primary forest and secondary growth, but not in isolated tracts of secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages from ground level up to 15 m. No further information available.


Birds with active gonads in Apr. One nest found on Palawan in Jul, c. 2 m above ground; egg creamy white with some irregularly scattered... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Uncommon to fairly common throughout Palawan... read more

Recommended citation

Moeliker, K. (2017). Blue Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone cyanescens). 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 20 November 2017).