French: Grive montagnarde German: Bergerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal piquilargo
Simla–Almora area, Himalayas.
Sister to Z. marginata (which see). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. m. monticola
Vigors, 1832 – Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh E to NE India and NW & W Myanmar; possibly adjacent S China (NW & SW Yunnan)#R. Non-breeding at lower altitudes and possibly in SE Bangladesh (Chittagong Hills)#R.
Z. m. atrata
Delacour & Greenway, 1939 – N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
26–28 cm; 115–131 g. A stout, massive-billed thrush. Nominate race is dark olive-brown with indistinct narrow blackish scalloping above, brown wings; crown and... read more
Song, produced only for short period (mostly less than 10 minutes) at dusk and dawn, a series of... read more
Breeds in undisturbed undergrowth of damp, shady forests of fir, bamboo and rhododendron, also... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates; earthworm in one stomach. Forages amid damp leaf litter and open muddy patches of ground, searching for invertebrates by... read more
May–Jul. Nest a bulky cup of vegetation, lined with fine fibres, placed 2–7 m up in tree fork or on branch. Eggs 3–4,... read more
Generally sedentary, but with altitudinal movements in winter; some short local migration, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Previously considered Near-threatened. Still considered to be rare and local, even in most suitable habitat, in Nepal. Scarce in Myanmar and Vietnam. read more
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