J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Part of a clade that includes also P. crispus, P. rufescens and P. conspicillatus#R. Formerly considered conspecific with P. crispus, but now universally accepted as separate species. In the past was often referred to by older name of P. roseus, causing some confusion with P. onocrotalus roseus; name roseus now invalid. Monotypic.
Once widespread in S Asia, range now much reduced. Breeding apparently now limited to W, S & E India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and possibly breeding in small numbers in Sumatra; probably no longer in Myanmar; in Philippines last claimed record from 1972#R. In non-breeding season recorded in Nepal, and more widely through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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