French: Arrenga de Malabar German: Malabarpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga indio
Hills of peninsular India.
25–30 cm; 101–130 g. Male has matt black upper body, with metallic, rather bright royal-blue forehead-band, and glossy royal-blue scaling on back, scapulars and... read more
Song a long unpredictable series of rich, mournful, low-pitched, uncannily human-like whistles,... read more
Margins, beds and adjacent ground of rocky hill streams and rivers flowing through forest, second... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly aquatic insects, snails and crabs. Recorded eating berries. Forages on ground, but perches readily in trees.
Feb–Aug, varying with locality. Nest a large compact pad of roots and grasses, reinforced with mud, placed usually on shelf or ledge... read more
Mainly resident. Some short-distance elevational movements related to rains, and seemingly a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Western Ghats; local in Eastern Ghats. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Periyar National Park.
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