Blue-and-white Flycatcher – 1st winter male

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“A single 1st winter male Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) was hawking for insects as well as occasionally feeding on the fruiting Ficus benjamina. Would sally out to pluck a fruit and disappear into a bamboo ticket to feed. Fruit feeding is not well documented locally.

“Although I observed this activity, these days these seems to be a necessity to get image ‘proof’ which I missed a couple of times. One nice photographic documentation by Jonathan Cheah Weng Kwong (also looks like a ficus fruit) HERE.

“Wells (2007) [The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.] on food/foraging says ‘…sallying for insects … several records of birds feeding in fruit-laden trees …. but with no confirmation of the actual taking of fruit, versus insects…’. GWH Davison (The Birds of Borneo by B. E. Smythies, 4th edition, 1999) says: ‘To a remarkable extent – for a flycatcher – feeds on berries …’

“In 29th November 2011, I documented an adult male Blue-and-white Flycatcher feeding on the fruit of the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) LINK.

“Having now seen birds on two different occasions feeding on fruit I am certain that fruit is part of the diet of this migratory flycatcher.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
6-7th December 2013

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail through mixed secondary & primary jungle of the forest reserve

Postscript: Comment added by Dr David Wells on 14th December 2013… “Good find; essential we keep all this information safe. My 1999/2007 comments, of course, referred exclusively to info. from the Peninsula. NB Your bird almost certainly ssp. cumatilis, not cyanomelana.

  1. Andrew

    Yes, looks like Zappey’s, as it’s azure blue on the upperparts and you can just see some blue feathering on the throat.

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