Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Small Vivid Niltava (Niltava vivida)


French: Gobemouche de Taiwan German: Taiwanblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas vívido chico

Cyornis vivida


, 1864,

mountains of Taiwan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with N. oatesi (which see), although split long considered likely (e.g. in HBW). Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

18 cm. Large, long-winged niltava with peaked crown. Male has head to rump and uppertail-coverts, including upperwing-coverts, bright cobalt-blue; tail black,... read more


Song of male a series of up to three high-pitched whistles followed by a twittering flourish... read more


Inhabits temperate evergreen and mixed deciduous montane forests, usually in dense, dark areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Diet largely unrecorded, but presumably includes small invertebrates; recorded as eating small fruits. In pairs and solitary... read more


No information.


Altitudinal migrant, moving to lower levels outside breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Taiwan EBA. Common within its single-island range. The population of this species has been... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Small Vivid Niltava (Niltava vivida). 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 28 February 2020).