French: Téphrodorne de Pondichéry German: Indienvanga Spanish: Ceniciento chico
J. F. Gmelin
Coromandel Coast = Pondicherry, south-east India
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. pallidus
Ticehurst, 1920 – Pakistan (E Baluchistan, Punjab, Sind) and NW India (from foothills S to Gujarat and NC Uttar Pradesh).
T. p. pondicerianus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – India (except NW) and S Nepal and Bangladesh E to Myanmar, Thailand (except S) and C & S Laos.
T. p. orientis
Deignan, 1948 – Cambodia and S Vietnam.
13–18 cm; 18–27 g. Male nominate race has brownish-grey upperparts, including wings, with pronounced whitish supercilium, grey-brown lores, blackish-brown mask... read more
Song an accelerating trill, “pi-pi-i-i-i-i-i-i”, usually initiated with 1–2 well-... read more
Open dipterocarp forest, dry deciduous forest, second growth, bamboo forest, thorn scrub, Olea... read more
Food and feeding
Takes insects, chiefly beetles (Coleoptera), adult and larval lepidopterans, and orthopterans (grasshoppers, praying mantises),... read more
Season mainly Feb–Jul, but Jan–Sept (especially Mar–May) in India. Monogamous. Nest built by both sexes over c. 4–5... read more
Resident; possibly some seasonal wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its range. Widespread and common over most of Indian Subcontinent; locally fairly common in Nepal... read more
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