French: Gobemouche des mangroves German: Mangroveblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de manglar
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. rufigastra
(Raffles, 1822) – Mangrove Blue-flycatcher – Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
C. r. karimatensis
Oberholser, 1924 – Karimata I, off SW Borneo.
C. r. rhizophorae
Stresemann, 1925 – Sebesi I (extreme S Sumatra), Bangka, Belitung and Java (mainly W).
C. r. longipennis
Chasen & Kloss, 1930 – Karimunjawa Is, N of C Java.
C. r. simplex
Blyth, 1870 – Philippine Blue-flycatcher –
N Philippines (Babuyan Is#R, Luzon, Polillo, Alabat#R, Fortune, Catanduanes).
C. r. mindorensis
Mearns, 1907 – Mindoro, in NC Philippines.
C. r. marinduquensis
duPont, 1972 – Marinduque, in NC Philippines.
C. r. philippinensis
Sharpe, 1877 – C, W & S Philippines, including Palawan and Sulu Archipelago.
14–15 cm; 12·5–18 g, Philippine races 16·8–22 g. Male nominate race is deep blue above, except paler blue forehead and supercilium; edges of... read more
Song, by both sexes (Jan–Aug in Malay Peninsula), a high-pitched series of melodious warbling... read more
Coastal mangroves, taller mangrove transition forest and adjacent scrub, beach-forest and peatswamp... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera), hymenopterans (small bees, ants), termites (Isoptera), aphids (Aphidoidea) and other small invertebrates.... read more
Season Mar–Aug. Nest built by female, a small shallow cup of plant fibres and leaves, placed up to 2 m above ground in fork in tree... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common or locally common in S Thailand; fairly common on W coast of Peninsular Malaysia but known from only five sites on E... read more
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