French: Myiomèle à flancs roux German: Nilgirischmätzer Spanish: Alicorto flanquirrufo
Other common names:
Western Ghats Shortwing, Rufous-bellied Shortwing (when treated as conspecific with M. albiventris)
Nilgiri Hills N of Palaghat Gap, in S Karnataka and NW Tamil Nadu (SW India).
14 cm. Chunky and long-legged. Male is dusky blue-grey above, with dull bluish brow, dusky lores; greyer breast clear-cut from buffy-white mid-belly, fulvous flanks; black... read more
Song a short jumble of shrill whistles and harsh notes, combining whistled calls and twangy buzzes... read more
Undergrowth of sheltered woods (sholas), at 900–2100 m.
Food and feeding
No information; creeps through vegetation and around fallen timber, presumably foraging for small insects. Secretive and shy.
Apr–May. Nest a neat cup made of a soft mass of green moss, lined with fine moss roots, placed in hole in bank or trunk, or in broken... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Conservation status was assessed as Vulnerable when species treated as conspecific with M. albiventris... read more
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