Hitherto considered conspecific with P. sonitans (which see). Races sindiana and latrunculus fairly distinctive, and merit further study; former has a notably short bill, long tail and more tinkling timbre to song, but cline in morphometrics may be present across Himalayan range; latter is more like P. sonitans in appearance (for differences see that species), with buff-tinged whitish vs bright yellow belly to vent (3) and browner upperparts (1), but morphometrics similar to race rafflesi and song appears to differ only subtly, with a well-spaced fairly stressed vs unstressed undetached first note in rafflesi (score 1)#R. Six subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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