Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-tailed Flycatcher (Cyornis concretus)


French: Gobemouche à queue blanche German: Weißschwanz-Blauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas coliblanco

Muscicapa concreta

S. Müller

, 1836,

interior area of west coast of Sumatra


Unresolved; has been placed in genus Niltava or suggested to merit a genus of its own, a possibility enhanced by discovery that C. concretus is basal to the clade representing this subfamily#R#R. Race cyaneus reported to differ vocally from others#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. cyaneus (A. O. Hume, 1877) – extreme NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh, S Assam, E Meghalaya, Mizoram), N, W & S Myanmar (Tenasserim), S China (S Yunnan), W & S Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin S to C Annam, possibly S to Cochinchina#R).
  • C. c. concretus (S. Müller, 1836) – Malay Peninsula and W Sumatra.
  • C. c. everetti (Sharpe, 1890) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 19–30 g. Large, large-billed and slim, blue (male) or brown (female) forest flycatcher with distinctive tail pattern. Male nominate race has forehead to... read more


    Song a variable series of penetrating, sibilant whistles, almost like those of a Turdus... read more


    Dense lowland, hill and submontane forests, including secondary forest, bamboo and scrub-covered... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food largely unknown, but includes small inverterbrates, mainly flies (Diptera), hymenopterans (ants, small wasps) and beetles (Coleoptea... read more


    Season at least May–Jun. Only two nests found, cup-shaped, made of moss, one placed in hole in rocky bank, the other c. 5 m from... read more


    Resident or short-distance altitudinal migrant. Locally at lower elevations, Nov–Mar.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Scarce to very locally common in NW of range. Rare in S China and W & S Thailand, uncommon in Malay Peninsula, scarce or locally common in Laos... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). White-tailed Flycatcher (Cyornis concretus). 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 29 January 2020).