French: Merle de Kessler German: Rhododendrondrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Kessler
Other common names:
E & NE Tibetan Plateau (E Qinghai and Gansu S to NE Xizang and NW Yunnan); non-breeding also SE Xizang and probably NE India (Arunachal Pradesh#R).
28 cm. Male has black hood to mid-breast and upper mantle, pinkish-buff lower mantle to back, clear-cut pinkish-tinged chestnut scapulars, lower back and rump, black wings... read more
Song a leisurely series of short mewing and squawking phrases, recalling T. viscivorus.... read more
Rocky scrub and dwarf bushes such as rhododendron and juniper (Juniperus) on mountain... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and worms in summer; berries in autumn, mainly berries of Juniperus squamata in winter. Forages largely on ground.... read more
Early or mid-May to early Aug; apparently single-brooded. Sociable when nesting, recalling T. pilaris; males form foraging flocks... read more
Sedentary in many areas; elsewhere a semi-nomadic winter migrant, moving to lower areas at and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally considered rather rare. Rare to locally common in W of range.
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