A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793,
southern India; error = Sri Lanka.
Hitherto considered conspecific with D. benghalense, but here treated as a full species due to (compared with neighbouring race jaffnense) shining scarlet central upperparts shading to dull red on wings vs golden-yellow shading to dull yellow (3); lack of black on carpal (1); overall longer-billed, longer-winged and notably longer-tailed (effect size 2.94, score 2); screechier voice#R (allow 1); narrow hybrid zone in NC Sri Lanka (2). Distinct species status also supported by a phenotypic and genetic analysis#R. Sometimes referred to as erithronothos (or, erroneously, erithronothon), but psarodes has priority. Monotypic.
Sri Lanka (except N).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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