French: Cratérope roussâtre German: Orangebauch-Elsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide rufo
the Wynaad, near Manantoddy, Tamil Nadu, India.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. subrufa
(Jerdon, 1839) – W peninsular India S to S Karnataka and N Tamil Nadu.
A. s. hyperythra
Sharpe, 1883 – SW India (Kerala and W Tamil Nadu).
24–25 cm; 57–78 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler, rich brown above and rufous below, with fairly stout black and yellow bill, dark lores and greyish... read more
Calls given in chorus are bursts of very rapid, shrill whistling trills, “tree-tree-tree”, notes... read more
Dense scrub undergrowth in more open broadleaf evergreen and moist deciduous forest, forest edge,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, also berries (particularly of Lantana), and nectar of Erythrina, Salmalia and other flowers. Found in... read more
Feb–Nov, mainly Feb–May. Nest a large rough strong deep cup made of leaves, grasses, creepers and herb stems, lined with fine... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Rare in N sector of range, but fairly common in Kerala and W Tamil Nadu. Present in Mudumalai... read more
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