Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)

Tickell's Blue-flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) - HBW 11, p. 154

French: Gobemouche de Tickell German: Tickellblauschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas de Tickell
Other common names: Orange-breasted Blue-flycatcher, Tickell’s Flycatcher

Taxonomy: C[yornis]. Tickelliae Blyth, 1843, Borabhum, central India.
Taxonomic status of this species and C. poliogenys uncertain; the two hybridize extensively in E India (Eastern Ghats), and race vernayi of latter recently considered to be the result of such interbreeding; detailed review of both forms urgently required. Some evidence of hybridization also between present species and C. banyumas in Malay Peninsula. Race jerdoni differs significantly from others in plumage and voice and may merit the rank of full species; further detailed review of all races needed. Five subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tickelliae Blyth, 1843 - S Nepal, N, C & S India and Myanmar (except S).
  • jerdoni Holdsworth, 1872 - Sri Lanka.
  • indochina Chasen & Kloss, 1928 - SE Myanmar, Thailand (except peninsula), Cambodia, SLaos and C Vietnam (C & S Annam).

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  • tickelliae Blyth, 1843 - S Nepal, N, C & S India and Myanmar (except S).
  • jerdoni Holdsworth, 1872 - Sri Lanka.
  • indochina Chasen & Kloss, 1928 - SE Myanmar, Thailand (except peninsula), Cambodia, SLaos and C Vietnam (C & S Annam).
  • sumatrensis (Sharpe, 1879) - S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, also NE Sumatra (one record).
  • lamprus Oberholser, 1917 - Anamba Is, off E Peninsular Malaysia.