Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

Small Niltava Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Niltava sundara
Family : Muscicapidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Small Niltava is a small flycatcher with noticeable sexual dimorphism (length 11 cm, weight 12.5 g, wing 6.5 cm, bill 1.2 cm, tarsus 1.8 cm, tail 5 cm). The adult male looks dark blue from above. Its fore-crown, sides of the neck, rump and tail are brilliant blue. It has blue forehead, and deep purplish-blue throat, ashy breast, whitish belly and vent. The adult female looks dark olive-brown from above and rufous from below. It has rufescent wings and tail, pale-brown throat and fulvous-brown belly. Both sexes have brown irises, black bill, brownish legs and feet and hoary sole. It feeds chiefly on ants, beetles and other insects in the breeding season. It breeds in April-July.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Mike Dooher(www.xeno-canto.org/Mike Dooher), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.