French: Grive à grand bec German: Langschnabel-Erddrossel Spanish: Zorzal flanquioscuro
C Himalayas from E Uttarakhand E, discontinuously, to W Arunachal Pradesh, S Assam hills, Myanmar, NW Thailand, extreme S China (S Yunnan) and Indochina; non-breeding at lower altitudes in the Himalayas, including plains of Assam Valley.
24–25 cm; 81 g. A long-billed thrush with dark brown head contrasting with rufous-brown wings. Head to nape dark brown with buffy-white lores and eyering, blackish-... read more
Song a series of thin monotone whistles, softer and shorter than those of Z. dauma (race... read more
Breeds in broadleaf evergreen forest, edge and bamboo, mainly in damp areas near shaded rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates. Forages like Z. monticola. Mainly terrestrial. Forages especially in damp areas; uses bill to dig holes in wet... read more
May–Aug throughout range; six juveniles in early Sept in N Thailand. Nest a neat mossy cup, lined with rootlets, placed up to 5 m... read more
Resident, with slight seasonal altitudinal movements. Winter vagrant in Bangladesh.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce to uncommon, but probably greatly overlooked owing to its cryptic plumage and behaviour. Scarce in Nepal; rare in China. Rare but fairly... read more
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