French: Cochoa violet German: Purpurschnäpperdrossel Spanish: Cochoa púrpura
Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) E to W Arunachal Pradesh and S Assam hills, N & E Myanmar, SC China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), NW Thailand, N Laos#R and N Vietnam (N Tonkin).
25–28 cm; 100–106 g. Male is mainly deep greyish-purple, with silver-blue crown, black face; primaries with silvery-grey double patch and black intervening panel... read more
Song a rich, mellow, low-sounding pure whistle, “fwhiiiiiiiiit”, initially slightly... read more
Dense humid and moist broadleaf evergreen forest, pine (Pinus) forest, humid undergrowth... read more
Food and feeding
Berries, insects, molluscs. At Namdapha National Park, NE India, recorded taking fruits from Beilschmiedia assamica, ... read more
May–Jul in India. Nest a shallow cup placed 2–6 m above ground in fork of small tree. Eggs 2–4, pale sea-green with... read more
In Himalayas apparently a summer visitor, May–Oct, or else strongly nomadic, but no evidence... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Himalayas, although probably under-recorded owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour; at least formerly common in summer in... read more
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