African blue flycatcher
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Stenostiridae
Genus: Elminia
Species: Elminia longicauda
The African blue flycatcher (elminia longicauda), also known as blue-crested flycatcher, is a small passerine bird.


This bird measures about 13 cm in lenght and weights about 15-18 g. Males have blue upperparts, throat and chest with a short crest of feathers on their head. They also have a long tail. Underparts are white or light grey. Females have a blue-green colouriation, with paler throat and shorter tail. Juvenile birds have blue-grey upperparts and brown stripes and their wings and body.


It feeds mainly on wasps, bees, flies and beetles.

Distribution and habitatEdit

It is found in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda. It lives in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and moist savanna. [1]


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