French: Langrayen brun German: Grauschwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo ceniciento
Most of Indian Subcontinent (S to Sri Lanka) E to Myanmar, S & SE China (including Hainan), Thailand (except S) and Indochina.
16–19 cm; 37–42 g. Has slate-grey head with darker mask (lores and area around eye), greyish-maroon mantle and pinkish-grey underparts; white-tipped tail with... read more
A frequently uttered wheezy "chee-chee-chee" or harsh nasal "chek"; also a long... read more
Open wooded country, often with palm trees, also cultivations, to c. 2100 m.
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Obtains most of its prey in flight. Glides and circles in air in search of food items; also sallies from treetop or other... read more
Season Mar–Jul; laying Feb–Jun in Sri Lanka. Nest a shallow loose cup of rootlets and other fibrous material, placed up to c.... read more
Generally resident, with some local wandering dependent on weather conditions and abundance of food... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, and fairly common to common over most of its range. Somewhat patchily distributed in W of range. Occurs in many protected... read more
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