French: Cochoa vert German: Smaragdschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa verde
E Himalayas from NE India (Sikkim, N West Bengal to Arunachal Pradesh and S Assam hills), W & E Myanmar, S & E China (S Yunnan, Fujian), W, N and SE Thailand, SW & E Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Tonkin, Annam); old records from E Uttarakhand (N India) and Nepal. Migratory or nomadic in NE India.
25–28 cm; male 88–99 g, female 117–122 g. Male is mainly mossy green, with shiny mid-blue crown and nape, slightly darker blue face; bluish towards centre... read more
Song, from perch in upper middle storey, a very thin, even, pure monotone whistle, “fiiiiiiii... read more
Dense moist broadleaf evergreen forest, often near small streams, at 700–1800 m; in various... read more
Food and feeding
Berries, insects and molluscs recorded. In S Vietnam, recorded using stones as anvils to open snails. Forages, often in pairs or small... read more
May–Jul in Himalayas and Apr–Jun in SE Asia. Nest a shallow cup placed up to 10 m above ground in fork of small tree, often... read more
Summer breeding visitor in Himalayas Mar–Aug, or strongly nomadic; seemingly absent during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare or, at least, rarely seen owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour; at least formerly rather common in E Manipur (NE India). Originally described... read more
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