Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul)


Taxonomy

French: Merle à ailes grises German: Bülbülamsel Spanish: Mirlo aligrís
Taxonomy:

Lanius boulboul

Latham

, 1790,

Darjeeling, India

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Himalayas (from NE Pakistan), S China (Yunnan, S Guizhou, Guangxi, SE Hunan) and N Indochina; non-breeding also in NE India (S Assam hills), W Myanmar and NW ­Thailand.

Descriptive notes

27–29 cm; 85–105 g. Male is black, with broad pinkish-grey wingpanel, whitish-tipped wing-coverts, vague greyish scaling on lower underparts; yellow bill and... read more

Voice

Song, from treetop or isolated tree in clearing, a rich, loud, melodious series of relaxed phrases... read more

Habitat

Breeds in diverse humid oak (Quercus) and other broadleaf evergreen forests (with ... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including a high proportion of larvae, ground-feeding caterpillars, also snails, slugs, earthworms and fruits; berries, especially... read more

Breeding

Mar–Aug, mainly Apr–Jul; often double-brooded, at least at lower elevations. Nest a flimsy or bulky, sometimes mud-lined cup,... read more

Movements

Mainly resident, but makes seasonal vertical movements. Sometimes disperses through adjacent plains... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in Pakistan and throughout much of breeding range; rare in China; uncommon resident in N Laos and N Vietnam. In Pakistan, 4–5... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58264 on 18 April 2019).