‘Blue’ Flycatcher for ID

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“I saw this ‘blue’ Flycatcher calling high in the jungle canopy. There were two birds but I only imaged one (above, below). Images are not great but it is most likely the Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides) but I could not see the ‘diagnostic’ patterned lower tail-coverts well. I am careful not confuse it with the Pale Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor cyanopolia) which has shorter tail, longer hooked beak and brown plumage in the female.

Above is an audio recording of the calls and below a sonogram and waveform (ignore upper bar in sonogram which is due to rushing stream). HBW (2019) describes calls as a “short and plaintive ‘pseeut’” which sound like what I heard.
Appreciate any opinions.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7th October 2019

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

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