Wild Birds

Dull-blue Flycatchers

The Dull-blue Flycatchers (Eumyias sordida) occur naturally in the hills of central Sri Lanka. They are most easily observed in Horton Plains National Park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.


The Dull-blue Flycatcher measures about 15cm in length.

Adults are ashy blue, with a whitish belly. They have a black patch between the broad black bill and the eye, bordered with brighter blue above and below.

Males and females look alike, but females are slightly duller.

Juvenile Dull-blue Flycatchers are brown, heavily spotted on the head, back, wing-coverts, and breast with pale buff; their flight feathers are broadly edged with blue-grey.

Breeding / Nesting

They breed in deciduous mountain forests, invariably above 600m, although it is not common below 900m. The main breeding season is in March and April, but a second brood is often reared later in the year.

The cup-shaped nest is a lined compact mass of moss. The nesting site is usually a well-shaded rock ledge. The normal clutch consists of two or three brown-spotted pink eggs.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on flying insects, beetles, caterpillars, and other insects, but also eat berries.


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