Nonlinear self-excited thermoacoustic oscillations appear in systems involving confined combustion in the form of coupled acoustic pressure oscillations and unsteady heat release rate. In this paper, we investigate the nonlinear transition undergone by thermoacoustic oscillations to flame blowout via intermittency, in response to variation in the location of the combustion source with respect to the acoustic field of the confinement. A ducted laminar premixed conical flame, stabilized on a circular jet exit with a fully developed exit velocity profile, was investigated. Transition to limit cycle oscillations from a non-oscillatory state was observed to occur via a subcritical Hopf bifurcation. Limit cycle oscillations underwent a further bifurcation to quasi-periodic oscillations characterized by the repeated formation of elongated necks in the flame that pinch off as pockets of unburned fuel–air mixture. The quasi-periodic state loses stability, resulting in an intermittent state identified as type II through recurrence analysis of phase space trajectories reconstructed from the acoustic pressure time trace. In this state, the flame undergoes repeated lift-off and reattachment. Instantaneous flame images suggest that the intermittent flame behaviour is influenced by jet flow dynamics.