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The Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) is a small perching bird.

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It is 16–17 cm (6.3–6.7 in) in length and has a wingspan of 26 cm.

It is the size of a Paperbark Flycatcher but plumper. Males have a black forehead that is sharply demarcated from the glossy blue crown, mantle, back, rump, and uppertail-coverts. Uppertail is blue-black with outer vein of outer feathers whitish for upper third while flight feathers are blackish. Face, ear-coverts, throat, bill and upperbreast are black. Legs are dark grey. Females have olive-brown upperparts with a rufous wash on uppertail-coverts. Dominantly brown plumage with white underparts and throat. Juveniles are similar to females though young males possess variable amounts of blue in wings, rump, and tail.[1]

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Males are distinguished; however, the females are difficult to distinguish from a number of Old World flycatchers and warblers from north Australia. Specifically similar to the Narcissus Flycatcher.[1]




Has a usually silent voice away from breeding areas.[1]



Breeds in Japan and Korea while it migrates to southeastern Asia, Philippines, Greater Sundas. Recorded in Australia and in Christmas Island.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Pizzey, Graham (2012). The Field Guide To The Birds Of Australia. HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 9780732291938. 

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