French: Monticole à croupion roux German: Blaukopfrötel Spanish: Roquero capiazul
#R, Simla, Himalayas, India
E Afghanistan (Hariab Valley and Safed Koh), and W & C Himalayas E to W Arunachal Pradesh; non-breeding S India (mainly in Western Ghats, but also E of Madhya Pradesh).
16–19 cm; 29–41 g. Male has bright mid-blue crown and throat divided by black patch from lores through ear-coverts, black mantle and blue-fringed wings, with mid-... read more
Song, by male from open treetop, occasionally in display-flight, recalls that of Saxicola... read more
Breeds in open dry oak and pine forest (notably with dense undergrowth), including stands of ... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, snails, worms, small lizards and frogs, berries, seeds. One pair seen to bring skinks (Scincella himalayana) to nestlings... read more
Apr–Aug, mainly May–Jun, throughout range; probably double-brooded (recently fledged young seen end Aug), but no firm evidence... read more
Migratory; present Apr–Oct in breeding areas. Non-breeding range in S India, mainly in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very common in N Pakistan, and common generally in Himalayas.
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