Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Large Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris)


French: Gobemouche à bec fort German: Dickschnabel-Blauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Arunachal Pradesh

Cyornis magnirostris


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Until recently considered conspecific with C. banyumas, but differs from geographically closest (possibly sympatric or parapatric) form C. b. whitei in its larger bill and longer wing (effect size 6.23 for male bill based on published data#R; score 3); marginally shorter tail (effect size –1.13; score 1); paler leg colour (1); paler and less extensive orange-rufous breast colour (both sexes) (1); cooler, paler blue frontal band (in male) (1); strong vs weak or non-existent migratory habit (ns). Song is distinctive in relation to mainland forms of C. banyumas, but much less so when compared with Javan and Bornean taxa#R. Monotypic.

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E Himalayas in NE India (Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh) and also N Myanmar (Nam Ti, Naung Mung#R#R); non-breeding S Myanmar (Tenasserim), S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Medium-sized flycatcher, male blue, orange and white and female brownish with rufous rump. Male has forehead and supercilium (extending posteriorly to above ear-... read more


Poorly understood. Song a melodious series of warbling notes with various gruffer notes... read more


Hill evergreen forest, moist primary and secondary broadleaf forests, occasionally in areas of more... read more

Food and feeding

Little documented information. Diet includes small invertebrates. Usually in pairs, but generally solitary in non-breeding season. Forages... read more


Juveniles mist-netted in N Myanmar in Jun–Jul. No other information.


Migratory. Altitudinal migrant, making post-breeding descent to lower levels; passage migrant and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known. Appears to be rare in NE India, but found to be common during breeding season in N Myanmar. Assessment of this taxon’s... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Large Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris). 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 18 September 2019).