Usually considered conspecific with T. pondicerianus, but split#R accepted here on basis of its shorter tail (effect size for males involving nominate pondicerianus −4.07, score 2); pale vs dark iris in male (3); less pronounced whitish supercilium (1); more pronounced whitish submoustachial stripe (ns); and white vs normally grey or vaguely white-tipped grey or narrowly white rump (1). Claimed vocal differences and supposedly “strong” sexual dimorphism in plumage#R, however, not confirmed by available evidence#R. Monotypic.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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