French: Gobemoustique à tête grise German: Graukopfschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas cabecigrís
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. calochrysea
Oberholser, 1923 – Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) and Kashmir E to NE, C & CE India, Bangladesh, C & S China, Myanmar (except S Tenasserim), Thailand (except SW & S) and N & C Indochina; non-breeding from C & S Pakistan (Indus Valley) through plains of N & C India to S China and Indochina.
C. c. ceylonensis
(Swainson, 1820) – SW India and Sri Lanka.
C. c. antioxantha
Oberholser, 1923 – S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), SW & S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.
C. c. sejuncta
E. J. O. Hartert, 1897 – Sumbawa, Flores and Lembata, in Lesser Sundas.
C. c. connectens
Rensch, 1931 – Sumba, in Lesser Sundas.
12–13 cm; 6–9 g. Small to medium-sized, slender, upright forest flycatcher with crested head shape. Nominate race has head to nape, side of neck and upper breast... read more
Noisy and vocal throughout year. Song (given all year) a loud and squeaky, high-pitched 5-note... read more
Mature and secondary dry broadleaf forests and woodlands, favouring wooded gorges and ravines with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes gnats and mosquitoes (Culicidae), other dipteran flies, also beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), moths (Lepidoptera)... read more
Season late Feb to Jul; often two broods. Monogamous; pair-bond long-lasting. Displaying male performs short circling flights of up to 30 m... read more
Resident and migratory. Short-distance altitudinal migrant; descends from Himalayas to plains of N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Considered partly near-threatened in some lowland areas owing to continuing depletion of lowland forests; at study sites... read more
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