Himalayas, at 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], northern India; this altitude is above normal range, and type probably from near Simla.
Variation within accepted races unclear, and requires further study. In particular, birds from N Indochina (perhaps also S China), with more white in collar, sometimes separated as race assimilis; form divinus might also belong within hypothetical assimilis, but also said to be indistinguishable from some individuals of cyanicauda; birds from Peninsular Malaysia currently included in psittacinus, but are less distinctively patterned than Sumatran population and may be closer to nominate, or possibly represent an undescribed race. Five subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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