Usually treated as conspecific with C. benghalensis on account of zone of intergradation from C Nepal to W Assam#R, but differs in dull buff-grey face, throat, breast and mid-belly with violet tinge (sometimes vague bluish streaks), dull blue-grey lower belly vs pinkish-rufous face to breast with bold pale buff streaks, pale rufous mid-belly, turquoise lower belly (3); no rufous hindcollar (2); wing-coverts mostly deep blue vs half deep blue, half turquoise (ns); no white frons (ns); black vs brown lores (ns); dark blue postocular line vs none (ns); outer tail centrally dark blue vs turquoise and terminally turquoise vs dark blue (3); darker above (ns); narrow zone of intergradation (2). May be closely related to C. temminckii. Monotypic.
E Nepal, Bhutan and NE India (Bihar, Assam) E to SC China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), and S to peninsular Thailand and Indochina.
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