Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis pallidipes)


French: Gobemouche à ventre blanc German: Keralablauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas ventriblanco

Muscicapa pallipes


, 1840,

Coonoor Ghat, India


Original spelling of species name was based on incorrect formation of Latin words, and must be corrected#R. Monotypic.


Western Ghats S from C Maharashtra, in SW India.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 14–23 g. Medium-sized and fairly long-billed forest flycatcher. Male is almost entirely indigo-blue, but with paler blue band across forehead to over eye, black... read more


Song a long, hesitant or rambling and faltering series of unmelodious squeaky and slurred notes,... read more


Dense broadleaf evergreen forest, sholas and patches of dense or tangled Strobilanthes and... read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known, but include small invertebrates and small berries. Usually solitary or in pairs in breeding season, and in mixed... read more


Season Feb–Sept. Nest an untidy, cup-shaped structure of moss, fine plant fibres and lichens, placed on ledge or in hole in tree... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Common in Wynaad Ghats; uncommon or scarce and local from Maharashtra S to Kerala and... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). White-bellied Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis pallidipes). 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).