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Blue Whistling Thrush

From Opus

Photo © by NeilHong Kong, China, March 2005
Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, March 2005
Myophonus caeruleus


[edit] Identification

29–35 cm (11½-13¾ in)

  • Dark blue plumage
  • White speckled head, back and upper belly
  • Dark iris and legs

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java

Subspecies temminckiiPhoto © by Alok TewariKainchi Ashram, Bhowali, Alt. 4800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2011
Subspecies temminckii
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Kainchi Ashram, Bhowali, Alt. 4800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2011

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • M. c. temminckii:
  • M. c. eugenei:
  • M. c. caeruleus:
  • M. c. crassirostris:
  • M. c. dichrorhynchus:
  • Central and southern Malaysia; winters in the foothills of western Sumatra
  • M. c. flavirostris
  • Foothills and montane forests of Java

[edit] Habitat

Found in a wide variety of habitats from urban parks and gardens, woodlands and coniferous forests; rocky cliffs and gullies and limestone caves. Has been observed at heights around 4000 feet. Also found in islands off the Thai peninsula.

[edit] Behaviour

Commonly flicks tail and perches in exposed areas. Call is a high, piercing whistle.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of invertebrates, such as ants, slugs, snails, crabs, froglets, dung beetles, cockchafer larvae and water beetles.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Call recorded before day-break, at 5 am; Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 6600 ft, India; April-2011

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Both recordings by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5500 ft., Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, Oct.-2016
Morning song by one individual.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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