Cyornis tickelliae Blyth, 1843.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Tickell’s blue flycatcher; French: Gobemouche de Tickell; German: Braunbrust-Blauschnдpper; Spanish: Niltava de Tickell.
The body length is about 5.5 in (14 cm). The sexes are dimorphic. The male has a blue back and top of the head, a black mask around the eyes, a rufus chest, and a white belly. The female is colored a more subdued blue above, with a white throat and belly and rufus-washed chest. The juvenile is brown with whitish spots and bluish wings and tail. However, some of these colors and patterns differ among geographic races.
A widespread species of the Indian subcontinent, occurring in India, southern Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Occurs in open, dry forest and woodland, and also in wellvegetated gardens.
A nonmigratory species. Pairs of breeding birds defend a territory. Flits actively in the canopy. The song is a metallic trill of six to 10 notes.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Catches flying insects within the forest canopy, by an aerial sally from a perch.
Builds a cup-shaped nest of mosses on a rocky ledge, in a treehole, or among tangles of tree-roots. Nests within about 6 ft (2 m) of the forest floor.
Not threatened. A widespread and locally abundant species.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
None known, except for the economic benefits of birdwatching.
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