French: Bergeronnette de forêt German: Baumstelze Spanish: Lavandera forestal
J. F. Gmelin
Russian Far East (S Ussuriland) S to SE China (S to SW Sichuan, N Guizhou and N Fujian) and, rare, S Japan (SW Honshu, NW Kyushu); doubtful report of occasional breeding in NE India (Cachar Hills, in Assam); winters in S & SE Asia, S to SW India, Sri Lanka and Greater Sundas.
16–18 cm; 14–17 g. Small motacillid with distinctive wing and breast patterns. Adult has prominent, long, whitish supercilium, occasionally dark moustachial... read more
Song a disyllabic “tsi-fee” repeated 4–5 times; call a metallic “pink... read more
Forest, secondary growth and open woodland, to 1800 m. Wide variety of forests, both deciduous and... read more
Food and feeding
Food consists of small invertebrates, such as ants (Hymenoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), butterflies (... read more
Breeds mainly Apr–Jun. Monogamous; territorial. Nest built by female, accompanied by male, a compact firm cup of twigs, leaves, fine... read more
Migratory. Winters in India (mainly SW & NE), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and from Myanmar and S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, both in breeding and in non-breeding areas. First bred in Japan in early 1970s; previously only very rare migrant. Only occasional... read more
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