Himalaya = Nepal.
Until recently considered conspecific with S. aluco, but differs in having entirely different song (a double “huhu”, repeated with a space of several seconds, vs the two-stage “huuu (long pause) wu-hrrruuu” of aluco (4); considerably darker plumage (dark brown vs grey-brown, greatly reduced white admixed with grey) (2); markedly more strongly barred tail (2); overall similar size but shorter tail (160–192 mm vs 205–220 mm in published data#R) (at least 1). Proposed race obrieni, from Lushai Hills, in NE India (Mizoram), subsumed within nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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