J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Traditionally treated as comprising eight or more races; however, proposal by some recent authors#R#R to rearrange into six species is followed here, with recognition of T. phayrei, T. chloropterus, T. axillaris and T. aromaticus, as well as T. affinis, which was not even recognized as a race in HBW. Members of this group are closely related to T. curvirostra; species limits in this whole complex, also including T. griseicauda, T. teysmannii, T. floris and T. psittaceus, have been discussed by a number of authorities, but remain unclear. The present species differs from T. affinis, of western India, on account of its yellow (not whitish) forehead (2); white (not creamy-brown) undertail-coverts of male (3); duller brown back and green rump (1); longer bill, tail and tarsus but shorter, less rounded wing (at least 2); and “striking vocal differences” (at least 1)#R. Monotypic.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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