Black-naped Blue Flycatcher
Common name of a
species of monarch
flycatcher, which is
known as Black-naped Monarch,
and with the binomial
designation Hypothymis azurea.
Unlike members of the large family of Old World flycatchers, distant
relatives that are placed in the family of Muscicapidae,
flycatchers are listed in the
family Monarchidae. In Thai, this
bird is known as nok jab
dam (นกจับแมลงจุกดำ), i.e.
‘black tufted insect catching bird’.
Adult males of the nominate race are about 16 centimeters long and
−except for a whitish lower belly− are mostly pale azure blue, with a
black nape and a narrow black collar-like patch on the throat. Adult
females are duller, with a greyish-brown back and wings, and they lack
the black markings of the males. However, there are several subspecies
that differ in the extent and shade of markings. The Black-naped Blue
Flycatcher occurs over most of South Asia and Southeast Asia, while in
Thailand, the commonly found
known by the scientific name
Hypothymis azurea montana.