French: Tarier de Jerdon German: Jerdonschmätzer Spanish: Tarabilla de Jerdon
Purnia, Bihar, India
Locally NE India, N Bangladesh, N & EC Myanmar, N Thailand (mainly along R Mekong) and N Indochina (N & C Laos, N Vietnam). Also recorded N Uttar Pradesh.
15 cm. Male is glossy blue-black from head, including ear-coverts, to tail; white below, in fresh plumage tinged buffy; bill and legs black. Female is rufous-brown above,... read more
Song a series of sweet, clear, thin mellow warbled phrases, recalling a Sylvia warbler but... read more
Tall grassland in lowlands, plains and hills, cleared land with rocks and tall herbs, rice fields,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages in typical stonechat fashion, perching on grass stem or other prominent low perch and flying to ground to take prey.
Feb–May in India; May in Myanmar; singing males in Mar and breeding-condition female May in Laos. Nest a stout compact cup of... read more
Generally sedentary. Some local movement in SE Asia; population at Nam Sang-Mekong river confluence... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very sparse in most of range, of which Laos appears to be centre. Formerly common in appropriate habitat in NE India, but very few recent records,... read more
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