French: Geai lancéolé German: Strichelhäher Spanish: Arrendajo cabecinegro
#R, Simla–Almora district, north India
E Afghanistan (mountains near Kabul and Paktia) and W Himalayas across N Pakistan (S to Safed Koh range) and Kashmir (absent from the Vale) E to Nepal (E to vicinity of Kathmandu).
33 cm; 84–104 g. Unmistakable, with black hood, elongated crown feathers erectable into ruffled crest, greyish-pink body and relatively long, barred blue tail; bill... read more
Similar to that of G. glandarius. Typical call a dry rasping "skaaaak", somewhat... read more
Forests, preferring mixed pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) and cedar-oak (Cedrus... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Chiefly invertebrates during breeding season, also small lizards and the eggs and nestlings of small birds; diet includes... read more
Eggs recorded in Apr and May. Probably has long-term pair-bond. Solitary breeder. Nest built by both sexes, a deep loose foundation of... read more
Resident, with some altitudinal migration linked with colder weather at higher elevations. In... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in W Himalayas, especially so in Indian sector; reasonably common also across N Pakistan into extreme E Afghanistan; E limit of range... read more
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