French: Gobemouche ultramarin German: Weißbrauenschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas ultramarino
Subspecies and Distribution
F. s. superciliaris
(Jerdon, 1840) – Western Ultramarine Flycatcher – E Afghanistan E to C Himalayas; non-breeding at lower altitudes and also C & S India.
F. s. aestigma
(J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) – Eastern Ultramarine Flycatcher – C Himalayas E to NE India (Assam, Nagaland, E Meghalaya, Manipur) and SC China (SE Xizang E to SW Sichuan and N Yunnan); non-breeding N & E India, C & E Myanmar, NW Thailand and S China (S Yunnan).
11·5–12 cm; 8 g. Small, compact flycatcher, male deep blue and white. Male nominate race has short white supercilium from over eye to rear of ear-coverts; rest... read more
Song rather weak, high-pitched and disjointed, including trills and chirps, “tseep-te-e-te-e-... read more
Breeds in broadleaf forest, also in pine (Pinus) forest, between 1800 m and 3200 m; non-... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well known; includes small invertebrates, e.g. dipteran flies and beetles (Coleoptera). Usually solitary or in pairs in breeding... read more
Season mid-Apr to early Jul. Nest built by both sexes, a cup of moss, bark strips, grass, animal hair and plant fibres, placed up to 7 m... read more
Resident and migratory. Part of population makes post-breeding descent to foothills and plains,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread breeding summer visitor in N Pakistan, N India and Nepal, and fairly common in Bhutan; uncommon in NE India hill states, and... read more
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