French: Grandala bleu German: Grandala Spanish: Zorzal grandala
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.
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.
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