Pat Wilkes's picture

Sri Lanka1 010

Observed: 13th January 2013 By: Pat Wilkes
Sri Lanka1 010
Description:

Blueish bird, dark face

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

dennis trunecka's picture

Dull-blue Flycatcher.

The correct scientific name may be Eumyias sordidus.

Troglodyte's picture

ID

It certainly looks like a Dull-blue Flycatcher (Eumyias sordidus)endemic to Sri Lanka but normally found at higher elevations than Columbo. The link below gives more detail
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=6543

jerebarker's picture

ID - some more detail.

Doesn't really look all that much like E. sordidus. The tail on this bird is roughly body-length and clearly flared at the tip, the 'mask' covers the whole of the face and throat and to my eyes at least the bird is ash-grey, rather than blue. The bill is rather stout and long. Dull-blue Flycatcher should be quite decidedly bluish (see e.g. http://www.arkive.org/dull-blue-flycatcher/eumyias-sordidus/), with a tail shorter than the body length and ending in a squared-off (O, slightly notched) tip. The dark mask on DBF is restricted to the lores and the bill is relatively fine and short.

Ray Turner's picture

Altitude

Agree on altitude issue, not common below 900m. I wonder about the accuracy of ‘Colombo’ given the map pin is giving the location as somewhere NW of Svalbard in the high arctic; can’t imagine a bigger contrast.

Ray

Ray

Pat Wilkes's picture

Blueish bird dark face

I now agree that it is a Drongo and not a dull blue flycatcher, tail has to be Drongo and it was at Colombo Sri Lanka.Thanks

Pat Wilkes's picture

Blueish bird dark face

I now agree that it is a Drongo and not a dull blue flycatcher, tail has to be Drongo and it was at Colombo Sri Lanka.Thanks