Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Grandala (Grandala coelicolor)


French: Grandala bleu German: Grandala Spanish: Zorzal grandala

Gr[andala]. côelicolar

[sic] Hodgson

, 1843,





NW Himalayas from C Kashmir E to Bhutan and NE India (Sela Pass, in NW Arunachal Pradesh), and C China (E Qinghai and W Gansu S to N Yunnan); highland movements as far S as N Myanmar in winter.

Descriptive notes

19–23 cm; 38–52 g. Male is shiny royal-blue, with blackish lores, wings, tail, bill and legs. Female is brownish-grey, with slight blue wash on rump, whitish... read more


Song and call not well distinguished; probably no true territorial singing owing to high... read more


Breeds in rugged barren high-elevation areas far beyond tree-line, boulder-strewn alpine meadows,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and berries, in autumn including fruit in orchard trees; stomachs from N Myanmar held fruits and seeds of Vaccinium.... read more


May–Jul. Nest a large cup placed on a ledge. Eggs 2, greenish-white with reddish-brown blotches over purplish undermarkings. No other... read more


Mainly resident, but subject to vertical movements and some nomadism; recorded in winter in N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally abundant in Himalayas. Uncommon to locally common in China.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Grandala (Grandala coelicolor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).