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Ixos mcclellandii

Hypsipetes mcclellandi

Photo by Peter Ericsson Fraser's Hill, Malaysia.
Photo by Peter Ericsson
Fraser's Hill, Malaysia.

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[edit] Identification

24cm
Stocky appearance. Fine whitish streaks on brown crown and greyish brown throat and breast is diagnostic.
Mantle, wings and tail rich olive yellow; belly whitish; undertail coverts yellowish.
Crown feathers sometimes raised in short shaggy crest.

[edit] Distribution

Himalayas, southern China, south-east Asia and the Malay Peninsula.

[edit] Taxonomy

Sometimes also placed in genus Hypsipetes

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 9 subspecies:

  • I. m. mcclellandii: Eastern Himalayas (western Uttar Pradesh to eastern Assam)
  • I. m. ventralis: SW Burma (Chin Hills and Arakan Yoma Mts.)
  • I. m. tickelli: Eastern Burma (northern Shan States) to north-westerb Thailand
  • I. m. similis: North-eastern Burma (Kachin) to south-western China (Yunnan) and northern Indochina
  • I. m. holtii: Southern China (Sichuan to Fujian and Guangdong)
  • I. m. loquax: Northern and eastern Thailand to southern Laos (Bolavens Plateau)
  • I. m. griseiventer: Southern Vietnam (Langbian Plateau)
  • I. m. canescens: South-eastern Thailand (Khao Kuap region)
  • I. m. peracensis: Peninsular Thailand to northern Malaysia (Selangor and Pahang)

[edit] Habitat

Forests and forest edges.

[edit] Behaviour

Rather sluggish. Usualy in loose parties of up to five.Usually keeps to leafy cover but will sometimes perch in the open. Tame and confiding.

[edit] Diet

Feeds in fruiting trees and shrubs together with other birds. Often obtains berries by hovering clumsily below strands of them.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations

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