French: Cincle de Pallas German: Pallaswasseramsel Spanish: Mirlo acuático pardo
“Crimea”; error = eastern Siberia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. pallasii
Temminck, 1820 – E Russia, C & E China, Korea, Sakhalin, S Kuril Is, Japan (S to Yakushima) and Taiwan.
C. p. tenuirostris
Bonaparte, 1850 – Tien Shan S to N Afghanistan, and from NW Pakistan (Safed Koh) E in Himalayas to Sikkim.
C. p. dorjei
Kinnear, 1937 – E Himalayas E to mountains of W, N & E Myanmar, S China (S Xizang, W Yunnan), N & C Laos and NW Vietnam. Status uncertain in NW Thailand.
21–23 cm; two males 88 g and 88·7 g, two females 76·3 g and 86·5 g (nominate), male 68·9–82·6 g and two females 62 g and 79 g... read more
Song a rich warbling, reminiscent of Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia), includes dry... read more
Fast-flowing rocky mountain streams and shallow rivers with clear water; sometimes at upland tarns... read more
Food and feeding
Aquatic invertebrates, especially mayfly (Ephemeroptera) and stonefly (Plecoptera) nymphs, larvae of caddis flies (Trichoptera) and similar... read more
Dec to early Aug, depending on altitude; laying mainly from Apr in Russia, Dec–Mar in China; in Japan, lays from mid-Apr in N (... read more
Resident, with some altitudinal movement. In breeding areas in Gissar Mts (E Uzbekistan-Tajikistan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered common and widespread on suitable watercourses throughout most of its extensive range; fairly common in Japan. Reported former occurrence... read more
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