Hitherto considered conspecific with D. badia, but differs on account of dark vs pale iris (3); pinker-grey underparts shading to slightly rusty lower belly (2); greyer-pink mantle and head, with no grey crown, more as in D. b. insignis (1); slightly shorter wing yet mean bill length slightly longer (vs insignis, closest geographical representative of badia), effect size –0·91 for wing (1), 0·6 for bill (1); moreover, the terminal tailband of cuprea is not so broad as that of D. b. insignis (mean 38·5 vs 45·5 mm, effect size –1·7, ns). Vocalizations are inadequately documented#R; research therefore needed. Probably closely related also to D. lacernulata and D. cineracea. Monotypic.
Western Ghats of SW India from Goa and NW Karnataka S to Kerala.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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