Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush (Myophonus blighi)


French: Arrenga de Ceylan German: Ceylonpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga de Ceilán

Arrenga blighi


, 1872,

banks of Lemastota oya, 4200 feet [c. 1280 m], Haputale district (Uva), Sri Lanka




Montane SC Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

19–21·5 cm. Male is velvety black, with bluish body sheen (in strong light), dull cobalt-blue (sometimes concealed) shoulder patch. Female is dull brown above,... read more


Song an extraordinary exuberant continuous twittering of rich tinkling, chortling and high buzzy... read more


Ground and lower storeys of dense, relatively undisturbed evergreen mountain forests, almost... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, but also snails, small reptiles (including geckos and lizards such as Ceratophora or Calotes) and... read more


Jan–May and Sept. Territory maintained by pair all year, although males noted as roosting communally where territories adjoin. Nest a... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Always considered scarce, and now thought to possess declining, increasingly fragmented population consisting... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush (Myophonus blighi). 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).