Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Malay Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis turcosus)


French: Gobemouche malais German: Malaienblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas malayo

Cyornis turcosa


, 1877,

Moeara Teweh (= Muarateweh), south-eastern Borneo


Proposed race rupatensis too poorly differentiated to uphold (e.g., degree of violet tinge on upperparts of male apparently an unreliable character, as individually variable)#R#R. Monotypic.


Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Small flycatcher, the smallest of the blue Cyornis species. Male nominate race has shining cobalt-blue forehead, supercilium, chin and throat, deep... read more


Song a soft, weak series of five or six whistled melodious phrases, “diddle diddle dee diddle dee... read more


Dry lowland primary and secondary forest, including swamp-forest, in Borneo; more frequently in... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes small invertebrates. Solitary or in pairs. Forages in lower storey of riverine and streamside forests, by making aerial... read more


Season Apr to at least Jul, and recently fledged juveniles seen in Sept. Nest built by female, a small open cup of moss, plant fibres and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare and local in Malay Peninsula owing to continuing loss of closed-canopy lowland forest; occurs in Separi... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Malay Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis turcosus). 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 21 January 2020).