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Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong
There are 9 subspecies:
Scrub, urban gardens, parkland, open woodland, farmland and plantations.
A very restless bird
The nest is built in a shrub and made from a large leaf; the edges are pierced and stitched together with spider's web or plant fibre. The cup is lined with grass. The clutch consists of 3â€“5 pale blue eggs with brown speckles. The eggs are incubated by the female. Both sexes care for the young which fledge after about 24 days.
The diet includes insects, larvae, berries, fruits, nectar and seeds.
Call: loud chwee-o; chi-up; chee-rup.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Faridabad, Haryana, India, Sep.-2016
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