French: Merle à tête grise German: Kastaniendrossel Spanish: Zorzal castaño
J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray, 1847,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. r. rubrocanus
J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847 – Himalayas from Safed Koh (on Afghanistan–Pakistan border) to Uttarakhand (N India); non-breeding at lower altitudes in breeding range, and also Nepal, N & NE India and W Myanmar.
T. r. gouldii
(#RJ. P. Verreaux, 1871) – #RChina from E & NE Tibetan Plateau E to NW Yunnan, Sichuan, W Hubei and W Henan, N to Gansu; non-breeding NE India, Myanmar, S China (C & S Yunnan) and NW Thailand.
25–28 cm; 85–100 g. Male has orange-chestnut body with black wings and tail, clear-cut whitish hood shading on neck side to ash-grey on head (clear-cut at nape),... read more
Song, by male from high exposed perch, mainly at dawn and dusk for short periods, a leisurely... read more
Breeds in moist conifer and mixed conifer-broadleaf evergreen forest, including deodar (Cedrus... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, worms, millipedes (Diplopoda), slugs, snails and berries; probably more dependent on berries in winter, but seen... read more
Apr–Aug. Nest a thin cup of twigs, grasses, roots and moss with or without mud support, lined with grass, roots, hair and/or pine... read more
Himalayan breeders undertake altitudinal migration, also short-distance E migrations into Nepal,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Pakistan; common in China. In Myanmar, common in higher hills along frontier with Yunnan (China), possibly breeds. Otherwise,... read more
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