Closely related to and often treated as conspecific with G. ruficeps. Birds from NW Himalayas described as race whistleri, those from SW Sichuan (SC China) as laetus and those in rest of China as eous; distinguishing characters (including mensural differences), however, extremely weak, and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Treated as monotypic.
NE Pakistan (Murree Hills, at least formerly) E to E Uttarakhand, Nepal, Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh), adjacent S & SE Xizang, SC & S China (W, S & extreme NE Yunnan E through C & NE Sichuan to S Gansu, S Shaanxi and W Hubei; reportedly also in Xining region of E Qinghai and NE Hunan) and extreme NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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