The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) is a small bird of the flycatcher family that is a joy to see as well as hear.
The male is a beautiful bird which has bright blue upper parts, an orangish throat and breast, and the rest of the under parts are white.
Females are duller, and the red is reduced in intensity and extent. Juvenile birds have scaly brown upper parts, head and breast, with just the wings and tail being blue.
It is a wary bird and not always easily observed. It is a forest-loving species which is found in thick cover and shade, and particularly haunts the banks of wooded streams.
The bird, if not easily distinguished by its looks, has a distinctive song which is unmissable:
They feed mainly by capturing insects in flight but their prey include other insects such as termites and earwigs that may be gleaned or picked from the ground.
The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher breeds in dry forest, scrub, bamboo and gardens.The breeding season is April to August. It nests in a hole in a tree or amongst rocks that is lined with fine grass and fibres and lay 3-5 eggs