Thai National Parks

Species of Thailand

Rufous-bellied niltava

Niltava sundara, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1837

(In Thai: นกนิลตวาท้องสีส้มคอดำ)

The rufous-bellied niltava (Niltava sundara) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae.

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

Rufous-bellied niltava measures 15–18 cm and weighs 19–24 g. It is a large, stocky and brightly coloured flycatcher with rounded head shape, fairly short tail and broad-based bill.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Niltava sundara

Common names

  • Thai: นกนิลตวาท้องสีส้มคอดำ

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Rufous-bellied niltava (female)
Rufous-bellied niltava
Rufous-bellied niltava (male)
Rufous-bellied niltava (male)

Range Map

Distribution map of Rufous-bellied niltava, Niltava sundara in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Mae Fa Luang District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Ramkhamhaeng National Park
Range map of Niltava sundara in Thailand