Verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)

 

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)

Verditer Flycatcher, an Asian Flycatcher, also known as the Indian Verditer Flycatcher, is a member of the Old World Flycatcher family; Muscicapidae.It is named after its distinctive shade of copper-sulphate blue. This species can be found throughout Southeast Asia, from the lower parts of the Himalayas to southern China, India, and Indonesia. In Bengali, it is commonly known as “Neel katkatiya”.

Where could you spot the Verditer Flycatcher in Kolkata?

During the winter months i.e., from October to January, you can get a glimpse of the Verditer Flycatcher in Kolkata. Rabindra Sarobar, Lions Safari Park, Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Shyamkhola, and Eco Park houses the Verditer Flycatcher in Kolkata.

When should you photograph the Verditer Flycatcher?

The best time to shoot the bird is early in the morning when they are busy feeding upon insects. Although the Verditer Flycatcher is small (15 cm) in size but due to its bluish appearance they can be located easily. Flycatchers are often shy in nature; hence it is difficult to approach them. But with caution and utmost patience you can get close enough to them.

Photographing the bird, characteristics, and the necessary details:

As its name implies, this bird is of a gorgeous blue-green colour. The male has a dark patch around its eyes and bill that the paler female lacks. The adults also have a grey vent. Young birds are almost grey with buff spots. But these birds do not get their dramatic plumage colour from pigments; instead, this is a structural colour that results from the feather scattering light such that it appears blue. They mostly inhabit in open forests and orchards.

Often the Verditer Flycatcher is confused with the Black-naped Blue Flycatcher in spite of the Black-naped Blue Flycatcher having white underparts, a black “moustache” at the base of its upper mandible, a thin black “necklace” and a black cap.

The bird is insectivorous i.e., their diet mainly consists of insects. The Verditer Flycatcher is a sit-and-wait predator that has favourite perches from where they launch their aerial pursuits of flying insects. Verditer flycatchers are fairly unusual amongst Old World Flycatchers because they forage above the forest canopy, often perching on electric wires or exposed tree top branches. These birds sit very upright and flick their tails frequently, especially upon landing.

Verditer Flycatcher calls: ju jui, high pitched petititi-wu-petiti-weu

In the year 2015 I had spotted three Verditer Flycatchers at Central Park but in 2016 unfortunately I spotted only one. But sadly, I was unable to capture the images of the bird at Central Park. Luckily, I photographed the bird at Lions Safari Park in Rabindra Sarobar.I love to stare at the bird when the sun’s rays touches their body, the blue colour turns more vibrant and appealing to me.

tips

  • The best time to spot these birds are from oct – jan
  • Morning is always preferable
  • they easy to spot from their bluish appearance
  • a min of 300mm prime or lenses like 100-400mm , 150-600mm , 400mm prime lenses are suggested to photograph this bird

 

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