French: Arrenga siffleur German: Purpurpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga común
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. caeruleus
(Scopoli, 1786) – Black-billed Whistling-thrush – C & E China (from SE Gansu and E Sichuan, E to N Hebei and Zhejiang, S to Guangdong and Guangxi); non-breeding also S to E Myanmar, N Thailand, Laos and N Vietnam.
M. c. temminckii
Vigors, 1831 – #RW Tien Shan S to Afghanistan, and E through Himalayas and NE India to S China (E to N, W & SW Sichuan) and N & NE Myanmar; non-breeding at lower altitudes below breeding range.
M. c. eugenei
A. O. Hume, 1873 –
C, E & SE Myanmar, W, N & E Thailand, S China (C & S Yunnan and SW Guangxi)#R and N & C Indochina.
M. c. crassirostris
Robinson, 1910 – SE Thailand, Cambodia and Malay Peninsula (S to Kedah on W coast and Haadyai on E).
M. c. dichrorhynchus
Salvadori, 1879 – Malay Peninsula (S of Kedah and Pattani) and Sumatra.
M. c. flavirostris
(Horsfield, 1821) – Yellow-billed Whistling-thrush – Java.
29–35 cm; 136–231 g. Male nominate race is bluish-black, upper body to rump covered with metallic violet-blue spots, with concentration from forehead to crown... read more
Song, given all year, generally from tree or cliff, sometimes briefly in flight, is a long... read more
Broadleaf evergreen and mixed deciduous forests and more open bush with scattered larger trees,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates such as water beetles, ants and other hymenopterans, cockchafer larvae, dung beetles, slugs, snails, crabs, froglets,... read more
Apr–Aug in N & W of range; Apr–Jul in Nepal; Feb–Apr in extreme S Myanmar, later in rest of country, with second... read more
Resident, but subject to vertical movements. In Himalayas winters mostly down to foothills, but in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range wherever watercourses present. In Afghanistan, one of commonest species along rivers and side-streams in Nuristan; familiar... read more
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