J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.
Formerly treated as a race of M. alba. Was thought to be closely related to latter as well as M. grandis, M. samveasnae and M. aguimp, but recent analyses of mitochondrial DNA suggest that last species is more distantly related to this group. Birds from Punjab region, described as race kangrae, usually considered indistinguishable. Monotypic.
N Pakistan E in Himalayan foothills to Bhutan and Bangladesh, probably to Arunachal Pradesh, and S through most of peninsular India; recorded in NE Afghanistan#R. Rare winter visitor to Sri Lanka.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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