C.[ypselus] acuticanda [sic]
India (= Nepal?).
Recent molecular phylogeny#R placed this species in a clade with A. pacificus, of which it was in the past occasionally considered a race. Race cooki of A. pacificus may be better included with present species. Population from Blue Mts, in Lushai Hills of S Assam, described as race rupchandi, but claimed differences in plumage do not hold good. It is also suggested that, if a series of specimens from Thailand was available, it might show that population to represent a separate form. Monotypic.
Breeds with certainty in E Buthan#R and around Cherrapunji and Lilancote, in Khasi Hills (NE India); thought to breed also in Lushai Hills, in Mizoram (extreme S Assam), and Nagaland#R; may occur in Myanmar and (one specimen) Nepal. In Thailand, to date known only from winter records from NW; recorded also in S China (Yunnan).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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