no locality = Bengal, India.
Formerly treated as conspecific with S. cinnamoventris and S. neglecta, but differs morphologically from both in characters given under those species. Birds in S Bangladesh (Sundarbans) presumed to belong to this species, rather than to S. cinnamoventris. Birds from Anantagiri, in NE Andhra Pradesh (E India), described as race prateri on basis of slightly longer bill and paler underparts, but variation slight and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Monotypic.
India on Gangetic Plain and terai from SC Punjab and E Rajasthan E to Bihar and West Bengal, and from N Maharashtra and S Madhya Pradesh E to Odisha and S to N Andhra Pradesh, also in foothills of S Western Ghats from W Karnataka S through Nilgiris to Palghat hills (E Kerala and W Tamil Nadu); also SW Nepal and S Bangladesh (Sundarbans).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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