French: Garrulaxe varié German: Buntflügelhäherling Spanish: Charlatán variegado
Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. nuristani
(Paludan, 1959) – NE Afghanistan.
T. v. simile
A. O. Hume, 1871 – N & NE Pakistan E to N India (N Himachal Pradesh).
T. v. variegatum
(Vigors, 1831) – S Himachal Pradesh E to Uttarakhand, EC Nepal and adjacent S China (extreme S Xizang).
24–26 cm; 57–79 g. Medium-sized olive and buffy laughingthrush with whitish lower face, broad black mesial stripe and grey, black and white wings and tail.... read more
Song consists of repeated loud, musical, far-carrying whistled phrases, e.g. “weet-a-weer”, “weet-a... read more
Open forest of fir and birch or oak with dense rhododendron and ringal bamboo growth and bushes;... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, fruit and berries. In pairs during breeding season; otherwise in parties of up to 20 or more birds. Forages among bushes and on... read more
Apr–Aug. Nest described as a rather compact, sometimes untidy, but usually rather shallow cup, made of coarse grasses, dead leaves,... read more
Resident. Relatively minor altitudinal displacements during harsh winter weather; both nominate... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Pakistan, and fairly common in Palas Valley, in North-West Frontier Province. Common in Nepal, with significant proportion of world... read more
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