Specific name sometimes misspelt as monileger. Resembles B. hodgsoni in coloration and pattern, and the two species replace each other geographically, but differences in facial bristles, clutch size, egg size and adult plumage markings imply that they are probably too dissimilar to be regarded as being very closely related. SW Indian population proposed as a geographical race, roonwali#R; further study required. Monotypic.
S India in high-rainfall areas of Western Ghats from Goa#R S to Trivandrum district (Kerala); and Sri Lanka, except in dry N & SE regions.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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