Male: deep blue above and sides of head, neck and breast, forming a broken breast-band; long white eyebrow; white in tail; white below. Female: dull-slaty above; grey-white below. The eastern race aestigma lacks white over eye and in tail. Solitary or in pairs; seen in mixed parties during winter; active, hunts in characteristic flycatcher style; rarely ventures into open.
forests, groves, orchards, gardens
breeds in Himalaya, 1,800– 3,200m; winters in N and C India, south to Karnataka and N Andhra Pradesh
faint tick…tick… in winter; a chrrr alarm note; three-syllabled song in the Himalaya.