French: Robin doré German: Goldschwanz Spanish: Ruiseñor dorado
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. whistleri
Ticehurst, 1922 – NW Himalayas from N Pakistan to N India (Uttarakhand), where intergrades with nominate#R.
T. c. chrysaeus
Hodgson, 1845 – C & E Himalayas from Uttarakhand E to C China (SE Xizang, E to SE Gansu and S Shaanxi, S to N & W Yunnan) and W & N Myanmar; non-breeding also N India (S Assam hills) and S to NW Thailand.
14–15 cm; 12–15 g. Male nominate race is brownish-olive from crown to back, broad bright orange-yellow supercilium, scapulars, rump to tail side and entire... read more
Song, from hidden perch in dense low bushes (reportedly from prominent perch in Pakistan), a... read more
Breeds in fairly diverse array of highland habitats, occupying open patches with bamboo and... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects. Forages on ground or in lower parts of shrubbery, often making short aerial sallies after flying prey.
May–Jun in Pakistan. Nest a compact saucer of moss and grass, lined with hair, wool or feathers, placed in hole in bank or steep... read more
Altitudinal migrant, probably with some short-distance winter dispersal. Winter visitor to NE India... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare and local resident in Pakistan; locally common in C & E Himalayas, common in Bhutan; uncommon in China.
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