Jardine and Selby, 1835,
Simla, Himalayas, north India.
Formerly considered conspecific with S. victoriae on grounds of sharing white in central tail feathers, but otherwise morphologically distinct and both occur on Mt Victoria (Myanmar), although probably separated altitudinally; genetic analysis reveals that present species is basal to S. europaea clade, which also includes S. cashmirensis and S. nagaensis#R. Birds from Lushai Hills (Mizoram), in NE India, described as race lushaiensis on basis of somewhat paler underparts, but variation slight and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Monotypic.
NW Himachal Pradesh (Chamba) E in Himalayas to NE India (NE Arunachal Pradesh, also from Nagaland S in hills to S Mizoram) and W & NE Myanmar, also adjacent parts of S China (S Xizang, W Yunnan); also NW Vietnam (Fan Si Pan, in NW Tonkin). Single records from E Myanmar (near Kengtung, in S Shan State) and N Laos (Tranninh Plateau) possibly refer to non-breeding visitors.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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