11 April 2013

Moist montane forest

Fog forest taken in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan, by Pohan

The Vivid Niltava – Niltava vivida – is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

The male is deep purplish blue on the head, back, tail and lesser wing coverts, and bright rufous orange below. Its throat, face, wings and iris are black as are its legs and bill. The female is olive-brown overall, lighter below, with a light buffy throat and greyish-brown crown and nape. 

The Taiwan subspecies, vivida, is distinctly smaller than the mainland race oatesi. 


The bird tends to perch in an upright stance and prefers the middle storey and canopy of the forest.

Vivid Niltava is resident year-round in Taiwan, coming to lower elevations in winter and sometimes forming small flocks at fruiting trees. (Source)

All Vivid Niltava photos taken in Taiwan by John&Fish

John&Fish on flickr with the tag Vivid Niltava