Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Endangered

Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush (Myophonus blighi)


Taxonomy

French: Arrenga de Ceylan German: Ceylonpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga de Ceilán
Taxonomy:

Arrenga blighi

Holdsworth

, 1872,

banks of Lemastota oya, 4200 feet [c. 1280 m], Haputale district (Uva), Sri Lanka

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Montane SC Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

19–21·5 cm. Male is velvety black, with bluish body sheen (in strong light), dull cobalt-blue (sometimes concealed) shoulder patch. Female is dull brown above,... read more

Voice

Song an extraordinary exuberant continuous twittering of rich tinkling, chortling and high buzzy... read more

Habitat

Ground and lower storeys of dense, relatively undisturbed evergreen mountain forests, almost... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, but also snails, small reptiles (including geckos and lizards such as Ceratophora or Calotes) and... read more

Breeding

Jan–May and Sept. Territory maintained by pair all year, although males noted as roosting communally where territories adjoin. Nest a... read more

Movements

Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Always considered scarce, and now thought to possess declining, increasingly fragmented population consisting... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush (Myophonus blighi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58391 on 17 September 2019).