French: Merle à poitrine noire German: Schwarzbrustdrossel Spanish: Zorzal pechinegro
lower Bengal, India
NE India (S Assam hills), Myanmar, NW Thailand (locally in Doi Ang Khang), S China (Yunnan and S Sichuan E to Guizhou and W Guangxi), N Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin); non-breeding also NE India (adjacent Assam plains), E Bangladesh, N Thailand, C Laos and E Tonkin.
22–23·5 cm. Male is black on head to nape and breast, slate-grey on rest of upperparts, orange on belly and flanks, white on lower belly to vent; bill, narrow... read more
Song very melodious, a series of short, spaced-out, leisurely phrases of 3–8 loud, variable... read more
Breeds in oak and conifer forest (including open pine woods), broadleaf evergreen forest and second... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, molluscs and berries. Forages mainly on ground, but also visits fruiting trees; rather solitary.
Apr–Jul in India, Apr–Jun in Myanmar and May–Jun in China. Nest a sturdy cup of green moss and fibres, placed 1–6 m... read more
Resident, with seasonal vertical movements; some longer-distance migrations, but very poorly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Near Threatened because of habitat loss. Scarce in NE India; rare to fairly common in China. Uncommon to... read more
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