Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)


French: Gobemouche vert-de-gris German: Lazulischnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas verdín
Other common names: Asian Verditer-flycatcher, Verditer Warbling-flycatcher

Muscicapa thalassina


, 1838,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. t. thalassinus (Swainson, 1838) – Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E, discontinuously, to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya), C & S China (S Xizang E to S Shaanxi and Hubei, S to Yunnan and Guangdong), Myanmar, Thailand (except C & S) and Indochina; non-breeding S to C & S India, Bangladesh, C Myanmar, C Thailand and SE China.
  • E. t. thalassoides (Cabanis, 1851) – #RS Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; c. 15–20 g. Medium-sized to large, slim, long-tailed, upright flycatcher. Male nominate race is almost entirely greenish-blue or turquoise-blue (... read more


    Song (in Nepal mid-Mar to early Jul and again Aug–Oct; usually silent in wintering area),... read more


    Open lowland and lower montane forest, including edges, clearings and bushes along streams, edges... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food not well known; recorded items are small invertebrates, including sweatbees (Trigona), also ripe berries of Macaranga... read more


    Season Apr–Aug in most of range (nominate race); in S (thalassoides) less well known, but birds in breeding condition Feb... read more


    Race thalassoides resident. Nominate race an altitudinal migrant and a relatively long-... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common throughout Himalayas, and common in much of SE Asia; uncommon in China. Scarce resident in Sumatra and Borneo.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus). 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 25 January 2020).