Discovering the Verditer Flycatcher: A Bird Adorned in an Intensely Vivid Turquoise-Blue Hue, Save for One Area

A beautiful bird with a particularly intense shade of vivid turquoise-blue over almost every area of his body!

Meet the Verditer flycatcher

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The verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus), is an Old World flycatcher found in parts of the Himalayas. Adult males of this species are intense blue over almost every area of their bodies, except for a black eye patch and grey vent.

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They have black lores and undertail covers which have pale tips in contrast to their blue bases.

Adult females are a lighter shade of blue with juveniles looking like the female.

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This bird inhabits countries and some regions in parts of the Himalayas in Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, southern China, and Indochina.

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The Verditer flycatcher prefers to inhabit montane rainforest right up to an altitude of 2565 meters.

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The Verditer flycatcher is also interesting among the flycatchers in that they forage above the canopy level for small invertebrates and ripe berries.

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During the breeding season a thick cup-shaped nest is built by both sexes mainly made from green grasses, sometimes line with rootlets placed in banks, crevices, or under bridges.

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3 to 5 eggs are laid within and incubated by both sexes who go on to feed the young when they have hatched.

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Due to this bird’s large range, it is currently classed as of Least Concern on the IUCN list.

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Watch and listen to this bird right here in the video below: