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Verditer flycatcher

Verditer flycatcher
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Copyright: Nagesh Vannur (nagesh) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 69] (362)
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Date Taken: 2015-02-01
Categories: Birds
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Date Submitted: 2015-02-01 6:27
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Verditer flycatcher

The verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus) is an Old World flycatcher found in the Indian subcontinent, especially in the Lower Himalaya. It is named after its distinctive shade of copper-sulphate blue and has a dark patch between the eyes and above the bill base. The adult males are intense blue on all areas of the body, except for the black eye-patch and grey vent. Adult females and sub-adults are lighter blue. They are also interesting among the flycatchers in that they forage above the canopy level and perching on electric wires or exposed tree top branches.

This species was earlier placed in the genus Muscicapa and it has been suggested that it is closer to the Niltava flycatchers.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Eumyias
Species: E. thalassinus
Binomial name
Eumyias thalassinus
(Swainson, 1838)
Stoparola melanops
Eumyias thalassina


BirdLife International (2012). "Eumyias thalassinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
Lei Xin, Lian Zhen-Min, Lei Fu-Min, Yin Zuo-Hua, Zhao Hong-Feng (2007). Acta Zoologica Sinica. 53 :95
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Location: The Western Ghats are a mountain range that runs almost parallel to the western coast of Indian peninsula. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India. The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea. A total of thirty nine properties including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests were designated as world heritage sites - twenty in Kerala, ten in Karnataka, five in Tamil Nadu and four in Maharashtra.

The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti river, and runs approximately 1,600 km (990 mi) through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India. These hills cover 160,000 km2 (62,000 sq mi) and form the catchment area for complex riverine drainage systems that drain almost 40% of India. The Western Ghats block southwest monsoon winds from reaching the Deccan Plateau. The average elevation is around 1,200 m (3,900 ft).

The area is one of the world's ten "Hottest biodiversity hotspots" and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species and 288 freshwater fish species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-02-01 14:21]
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Hello Nagesh,
What a gorgeous flycatcher you have posted. I have never heard of this particular species before, it reminds me of our male Eastern Bluebirds. Appears you had some very difficult back lighting to deal with, but you managed to get the exposure on the bird just right. Plumage is seen very well and colors are true and natural. Great eye contact with just a glimpse of catchlight. Well done!!

Nice picture of this lovely little bird.I think it would be even better if you cropped it so we could get a closer view.

Hi Nagesh!
A very nice shot of this beautiful flycatcher; very nice eye contact and very good details. Its electric blue color is of immense attraction. I have seen this bird once in himalayas (Pakistani part) but wasnt able to take a shot. I would second Alan that a little cropping would have added more beauty to this shot. Thanks for sharing this lovely shot with us,
Best Regards,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-02-02 21:51]

Hello Nagesh,
One of the birds I have always wanted to photograph.. Beautiful shot with vibrant colours.
Thanks for the share,

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