French: Gobemouche bleu-ardoise German: Dreifarbenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas tricolor
Nepal [= central hills of Nepal]
Subspecies and Distribution
F. t. tricolor
(Hodgson, 1845) – W & C Himalayas of N Pakistan and Kashmir E to C Nepal and SW China (SW Xizang); non-breeding at lower altitudes.
F. t. minuta
(A. O. Hume, 1872) – Himalayas from C & E Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh and W Assam) and S China (SE Xizang); non-breeding at lower altitudes, including Assam Valley and Bangladesh.
F. t. cerviniventris
(Sharpe, 1879) – NE India (Meghalaya, E Nagaland and SE Assam S to Mizoram) and W Myanmar; non-breeding in NE Bangladesh.
F. t. diversa
Vaurie, 1953 – C China (S Gansu S to Yunnan), W & N Myanmar; non-breeding S China (S Yunnan), E Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam.
12·5–13 cm; 6–10 g. Small to medium-sized, slim, short-billed, long-tailed forest flycatcher. Male nominate race is almost entirely dark blue on head and... read more
Song, from well-concealed low perch (continuously during day, also often at night), 3–4 high-... read more
Breeds in subalpine shrubberies, bush-covered hills (particularly with Viburnum nervosum... read more
Food and feeding
Food includes small invertebrates, in particular centipedes (Chilopoda), midges (Chironomidae), beetles (Coleoptera). Usually solitary or... read more
Season Apr–Jul. Nest a cup of moss, plant fibres, animal hair, feathers and gossamer, placed in depression on ground in bank, or 2... read more
Altitudinal migrant, making post-breeding descent to lower levels. Departs breeding areas from end... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in W & NW Himalayas, local in C & E Nepal, locally common in NE India and Assam; fairly common to uncommon in China, N... read more
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