French: Traquet bistré German: Braunsteinschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro indio
Other common names:
Muttra, Uttar Pradesh, India
NE Pakistan (N Punjab) and NC India (Punjab S to Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, E to Bihar); has bred Nepal.
17 cm; 13 g. Plumage is dark brown above, with darker wings and blackish tail, rufous-tinged supercilium and ear-coverts, grading to mid-brown below, with dark grey-brown... read more
Song sweet, warbling and thrush-like, reminiscent of House Bunting (Emberiza striolata),... read more
Low rocky hills, sandstone cliffs, ravines, old forts, quarries, ruins, gardens, rooftops and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including ants and beetles; spiders. Forages on ground. Recorded feeding during the night on insects attracted to bright... read more
Feb–Aug, mainly Apr to early Jun; usually two broods, occasionally three. Nest a rough cup of rootlets, grass stems, hair, feathers... read more
Largely sedentary; individuals or pairs usually occupy same territory all year. Apparently not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common; scarce in Nepal. Has adapted to urban areas in much of range.
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