W. E. Brooks, 1871,
Intermediate in many respects between S. europaea and S. castanea/S. cinnamoventris and has often been treated as conspecific with one or other of these, but differs in vocalizations and plumage (especially undertail-coverts); occurs within 5 km of S. cinnamoventris in N Pakistan (Murree Hills). One alarm call (like that of Garrulus jay) and nest construction suggest possible affinity with S. neumayer and S. tephronota, which two species are sister to the clade comprising S. europaea and the present species, among others#R. Monotypic.
NE Afghanistan (Nuristan and Kohistan S to Safed Koh), N Pakistan (S to extreme N Baluchistan, and W Himalayas E from Chitral) and Kashmir; also NW Nepal (Humla, Mugu, Jumla and Dolpo E to Phoksumdo Tal, S to Surkhet).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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