Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Large Vivid Niltava (Niltava oatesi)


French: Gobemouche à ventre roux German: Prunkblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas vívido grande

Niltava oatesi


, 1887,

Mount Mooleyit (1200–1400 m), Tenasserim


Hitherto treated as conspecific with N. vivida, but differs in its larger size (effect size for wing 5.34, score 3); female slightly paler with crown and upperparts more uniform (1); and song (but n=1) with far smaller frequency range (3), slightly lower maximum frequencies (2), phrases slightly shorter but overlapping (ns[1]), and fewer (ns[2]) and less variable (ns[1]) notes per phrase#R. Monotypic.

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S China (SE Xizang E to SW Sichuan and Yunnan) and probably N Myanmar; non-breeding S to S Assam hills (perhaps resident#R), W, C & E Myanmar and NW & C Thailand, status unknown in N Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin)#R.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; c. 33 g. Large, long-winged niltava with peaked crown. Male has top and back of head and entire upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, bright cobalt-blue, flight-... read more


Song is a slow series of mellow whistles interspersed with scratchy notes, “heu wee riu…chrrt-trrt…... read more


Inhabits temperate evergreen and mixed deciduous montane forests, usually in dense, dark areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Diet largely unrecorded, but presumably includes small invertebrates; recorded as eating small fruits. In pairs and solitary... read more


No information.


Migratory. S China breeders move S to NE India, where recorded in S Assam hills (E Manipur and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in S China and rare in NE India. Status in SE Asia unclear; thought to breed in N Myanmar, but probably a non-breeding... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Large Vivid Niltava (Niltava oatesi). 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 25 February 2020).