Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Fujian Niltava (Niltava davidi)


French: Gobemouche de David German: Davidblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de David

Niltava davidi

La Touche

, 1907,

Kuatun, north-western Fujian, China


Has previously been considered conspecific with one or both N. sundara and N. sumatrana. Monotypic.


C & S China (Sichuan S to Yunnan and Guizhou, also Guangxi, Hainan and NW Fujian) and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin); non-breeding Laos, Vietnam (S to C Annam), SW Cambodia and possibly SE Thailand#R.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Large, stoutly built flycatcher with fairly short bill. Male has forecrown and crown side bright cobalt-blue, rest of crown and upperparts, including upperwing and... read more


Song a very thin and high-pitched “ssssew” or “ssiiiii”, repeated at... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, to c. 1700 m; possibly breeds only above 1000 m. On migration occurs in... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes small invertebrates and small fruits. Usually alone or in pairs; solitary in winter. Forages mainly in dense undergrowth,... read more


No information.


Resident and migratory. Populations breeding in S China winter at lower levels and also move S to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in S China, and uncommon in N Vietnam. Variably fairly common or scarce non-breeding visitor in Laos, where all recent records are from... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Fujian Niltava (Niltava davidi). 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 28 February 2020).