Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara) - HBW 11, p. 160

French: Gobemouche sundara German: Rotbauch-Blauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas Sundara
Other common names: Beautiful/Black-and-orange/Orange-bellied/Sundara Niltava

Taxonomy: Niltava Sundara Hodgson, 1837, Nepal.
May form a superspecies with N. davidi and N. sumatrana; has previously been considered conspecific with one or both. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • whistleri Ticehurst, 1926 - NW Himalayas of N Pakistan and N India.
  • sundara Hodgson, 1837 - C & E Himalayas and S China (SE Xizang, W Yunnan) S to Myanmar (except E & SE).
  • denotata Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914 - breeds E Myanmar and S China (Shaanxi and W Hubei S to E Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou); non-breeding S to N Thailand and N Indochina.