Previously considered conspecific with T. pompadora. Within this group, present species differs from T. affinis on account of its orange-yellow breast patch (2); chestnut (not maroon) back (2); and much lower-pitched song with many more low, level notes (3)#R. It differs from T. pompadora by its orange-yellow breast patch (2); red vs grey iris (2); rusty vs yellow undertail-coverts (2); grey vs yellow forehead (ns). Birds from Nepal sometimes separated as race conoveri#R#R. Monotypic.
Himalayan foothills from WC Nepal E to NE India, E Bangladesh, Myanmar and through SW China (S Yunnan) and Thailand to Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam (Cochinchina).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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