French: Gobemouche de McGrigor German: Feenblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de McGrigor
E. Burton, 1836,
Species name sometimes erroneously listed as “macgregoriae”. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. m. macgrigoriae
(E. Burton, 1836) – W & C Himalayas (from Uttarakhand to Sikkim and N West Bengal).
N. m. signata
(McClelland, 1840) – E Himalayas E to NE India (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh S to Mizoram), N & E Myanmar, S China (SE Xizang and W & S Yunnan E to S Guangxi), N & W Thailand and N & C Indochina (S to C Annam); non-breeding also probably coast of SE China (Guangdong).
11–14 cm; 11–13 g. Small niltava, a smaller version (about half-size) of N. grandis. Male nominate race has bright pale blue forehead reaching to eye,... read more
Song a very thin, high-pitched, rising and then falling “twee-twee-ee-twee” or “tuwee tee tweee”,... read more
Edges and clearings in humid submontane and montane broadleaf evergreen forest, also shrubberies... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, including flies (Diptera), and some fruit, e.g. berries. Solitary or in pairs. Fairly shy and inconspicuous,... read more
Season Mar–Aug. Nest built by female, male assists in bringing material, a cup made mostly of moss, placed in hollow in streambank or... read more
Resident and short-distance altitudinal migrant. Locally, makes post-breeding descent to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common or common in Himalayas, and fairly common in China. Uncommon in NW Thailand; uncommon or fairly common in N & E Myanmar, N & C... read more
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