French: Monticole à ventre marron German: Kastanienbauchrötel Spanish: Roquero ventrirrufo
Jardine and Selby
Simla, Himalayas, India
N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in Himalayas to NE India (including S Assam hills), Myanmar, SW & SE China (S from S Shaanxi and Zhejiang), NW Thailand (Doi Inthanon) and N Indochina; non-breeding S to N Thailand.
21–23 cm; 48–61 g. Male has grey-blue crown and upperparts, with blackish lores and ear-coverts continuing onto shoulders and merging with deep bluish-black... read more
Song, by male from top of tall tree or (when often more continuous) in short flight between trees,... read more
Breeds in open moist coniferous (Abies-Juniperus) forest and oak (Quercus),... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, such as craneflies, and including large ones such as cicadas (which are battered on branch before swallowing); also... read more
Mar–Jul in Himalayas, Apr in Myanmar and Apr–May in SE China; apparently single-brooded. Nest a cup of moss, leaves, grass and... read more
Largely sedentary, but subject to limited vertical movements. Summer breeding visitor to Swat and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, e.g. in China. Locally frequent within narrow range in N Pakistan. Widely distributed in higher hills in Myanmar; uncommon... read more
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