Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Palawan Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis lemprieri)


French: Gobemouche de Balabac German: Palawanblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Balabac

Siphia lemprieri


, 1884,

southern Palawan, Philippines


Has been considered conspecific with C. banyumas; songs rather similar, and separation based mainly on plumage. Monotypic.


Calauit, Busuanga, Culion, Palawan and Balabac, in W Philippines.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 21–22 g. Medium-sized to large forest flycatcher. Male has forehead and upper lores dull cobalt-blue; rest of head and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts (... read more


Calls include a series of soft rising and falling whistles, “de do da da do de”, the first note... read more


Lowland and submontane dry primary and secondary forest, to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Diet little known, but includes small invertebrates. Usually solitary or in pairs. Forages in understorey of forests.


Season at least Apr–May and birds in breeding condition Apr–Jun. Only one nest found, of dried grass, placed in hollow tree... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Reported to be uncommon or scarce, though generally shy and... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Palawan Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis lemprieri). 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).