Coonoor Pass, Tamil Nadu, India.
Previously considered conspecific at various times with A. brevirostris or A. fuciphagus; has been associated also with A. francicus and A. elaphrus, mainly because of relative geographical proximity; probably closest to “A. vanikorensis group” (A. vanikorensis, A. inquietus, A. pelewensis, A. bartschi and A. salangana). A. brevirostris rogersi has been tentatively linked with present species on morphological grounds. Sri Lanka birds blacker above and darker grey-brown below than S Indian ones, and with blackish undertail-coverts and slightly shorter and less forked tail#R, may represent a separate race. Currently treated as monotypic.
SW India from S Maharashtra S through Western Ghats to Kerala and W Tamil Nadu, and throughout Sri Lanka.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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