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Nilgiri flycatcher

Eumyias albicaudatus


It has a very restricted range in the hills of southern India. This small and somewhat long-tailed flycatcher is about 13 centimetres (5.1 in). It is dark steely indigo blue with some violet-blue on the forehead and darker lores. It is much darker than the verditer flycatcher and does not have as strong a contrast in the pale face and black lores. The female is duller with dark brown on the upperparts and dark grey below. The two central tail feathers are blue and the lateral feathers are dark brown and edged with indigo. The base of the outer tail feathers are white but this is not easily visible when the bird is sitting. The wing feathers are dark brown with a narrow outer fringe of blue. The juvenile is dark brown with creamy spots and a scaly appearance on the throat and breast. The bill and legs are black and the iris is dark brown.


Spotted at the hills of Munnar, Kerala.

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Nidhin Basheer
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Nidhin Basheer

Kerala, India

Spotted on Nov 23, 2016
Submitted on Nov 23, 2016

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