Vivid niltava

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Vivid niltava
Niltava vivida -Wawu Shan, Sichuan, China-8.jpg
In Wawu Shan, Sichuan, China
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Niltava
Species: N. vivida
Binomial name
Niltava vivida
(Swinhoe, 1864)

The vivid niltava (Niltava vivida) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in Yunnan as well as adjacent areas of southern China, Northeast India, Bangladesh[2] and northern Southeast Asia) and Taiwan. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. The Vivid Niltava a medium-sized (16 cm) member of the Old World Flycatcher family, has a 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. As do many members of its family, the Vivid Niltava bears distinct rictal bristles at the base of its bill. The Taiwan subspecies, vivida, is distinctly smaller than the mainland race oatesi.[3]

Illustration by Joseph Wolf

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