French: Hémipe gobemouche German: Elsterschnäppervanga Spanish: Oruguero alibarrado
the Deccan, India.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. capitalis
(Horsfield, 1840) – Himalayas (E from N India in Himachal Pradesh), S China (SE Xizang, W & S Yunnan, S & C Guizhou, W Guangxi), N, C & E Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
H. p. picatus
(Sykes, 1832) – W, C & E India, Bangladesh, W & S Myanmar, W & E Thailand and C & S Indochina.
H. p. leggei
Whistler, 1939 – Sri Lanka.
H. p. intermedius
Salvadori, 1879 – S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
14–15 cm; 8·5–9·5 g. Male nominate race has top of head, upperparts and wings glossy black, lores to ear-coverts also black, cheeks and side of neck... read more
Sharp “chisik” or “chir-rup” and shorter “tsik”; also high-... read more
High, open canopy and edges of lowland forest, including disturbed forest; also secondary forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Takes insects, including butterflies (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), winged ants (Formicidae) and winged termites (Isoptera).... read more
Breeds Feb–Aug in Indian Subcontinent, Apr in Myanmar, Feb and Apr in Peninsular Malaysia and Mar–Jul in China. Nest built by... read more
Chiefly resident. Some altitudinal and local movements in Himalayas and NE India, with post-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Indian Subcontinent, common in Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka; common in SE Asia and China, but occurs rather sparingly in Myanmar.... read more
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