Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Chinese Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis glaucicomans)


French: Gobemouche du Yunnan German: Chinablauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas chino

Cyornis tickelliae glaucicomans

Thayer and Bangs

, 1909,

Tan-swio-Yah, Hubei, China


Until recently#R considered conspecific with C. rubeculoides, although for long speculated to be separate, including in HBW; differs in its brownish wash on flanks in both sexes (1); orange vs blue central throat in male (2); duller blue upperparts in male (ns[1]); broader black frontal band over bill in male (1); pale buffy-white vs pale rufous throat in female (ns[1]); warmer brown upperparts in female (ns[1]); pale orange eyering in female (ns[1]); and rather distinctive song, with longer strophes (2) and much more repetition of themes (2)#R. Monotypic.

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SC & S China (S Shaanxi and W Hubei S to N & E Yunnan); non-breeding WC & S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Medium-sized flycatcher with broad-based bill. Male has a band of pale shining blue or cerulean-blue across forehead and back over eye to above ear-coverts,... read more


Song a rich and sustained series of varied trilling and slurred warbling notes, almost always with... read more


Dense undergrowth and ravines in dry broadleaf evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, also... read more

Food and feeding

Limited information. Diet includes small invertebrates. Usually seen singly or in pairs; solitary in non-breeding season, when may defend... read more


Season Mar–Aug. No other information. Details unlikly to differ significantly from those relating to C. rubeculoides.


Migratory; entire population migrates to non-breeding grounds in WC... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread but generally uncommon, both in breeding range and in non-breeding quarters. Only recently found in Guangxi ... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Chinese Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis glaucicomans). 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 27 February 2020).