French: Gros-bec noir et jaune German: Goldkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo negrigualdo
Simla–Almora district, north-west India
NE Afghanistan and N Pakistan E in Himalayas to N India (Uttarakhand) and W Nepal.
22 cm; 67 g. Large grosbeak with large head, massive bill and medium-length, notched tail. Male has entire head down to upper nape, upper side of neck and lower throat black... read more
Song is a rich, rather clear "prr-trweeet-a-troweeet", "tri-a-tr-a i-i-t tra-tr-u-wa... read more
Montane and submontane moist conifer and deodar (Cedrus deodara) forest mostly at 1800... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds, buds, shoots and berries of pine, fir, yew (Taxus), crab apple (Malus), also rose hips (Rosa... read more
Season May to early Sept; two broods. Displaying male with body horizontal and wings spread, quivering or fluttering rapidly, perches... read more
Largely sedentary in N Pakistan. Elsewhere an altitudinal migrant, descending to lower levels in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Rare in W Nepal, where possibly breeds, but may be only a scarce non-breeding visitor.
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