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Female
Photo by Rakesh
Yeeor, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, India, December 2006
Lalage melanoptera

Coracina melanoptera

Identification

18cm
Male

  • Black head, wings and tail
  • Ash-grey body with whitish underparts

Female

  • Grey head
  • Black and white underparts

Distribution

South and south-east Asia.

Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

Subspecies[1]

There are 2 subspecies:

  • L. m. melanoptera:
  • Northern India (northern Punjab and United Provinces); winters to Myanmar
  • L. m. sykesi:

Habitat

Male
Photo by James Williams
Hampi, Karnataka, Southern India, February 2005

Woodlands and mangroves.

Behaviour

It is usually seen in pairs.

Diet

The diet includes insects and berries such as lantana.

Breeding

Breeding season is March to August. The nest is a shallow cup on the top surface of a branch. Twigs and rootlets are bound together with cobwebs.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Prakriti
  3. BF Member observations

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