Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ultramarine Flycatcher

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The Ultramarine Flycatcher or the White-browed Blue Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris) is a small arboreal Old World flycatcher in the ficedula family that breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in southern India.


Summer: Common breeding visitor to the western Himalayas, from Kohat in North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan east through Kashmir to Uttaranchal (western race), and intergrading with in Nepal with the eastern race aestigma which continues in the eastern Himalayas through Bhutan to Arunachal Pradesh to Tibet. Breeding between 2000-2700m, occasionally as low as 1800 and as high as 3200m.Also in the lower hills of Meghalaya and Nagaland, Khasi and Cachar hills, sometimes considered a third race; winter movements of this population is not known Bird Number 1421-1422 (races F.s.superciliaris and F.s.aestigma), vol. 7, p. 166-168..Habitat: Open, mixed forests of oak, rhododendron, pine, fir, etc., occasionally orchards.

Winter: Central India from Delhi south to northern Maharashtra, Goa, northern Maharashtra, and westward to Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Wintering populations in the eastern states, possibly from Nepal/Sikkim, are mixed: a good part of this population also have white supercilium and basal tail patches (see description below).


Somewhat smaller than a sparrow (ca. 10cm) and with astocky build. The male is deep blue above, sides of head and neck are deep blue, and a...
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