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Brown Rock Chat

From Opus

Alternative names: Brown Chat; Indian Chat

PairPhoto © by Alok Tewari  Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Aug. 2016
Pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Aug. 2016
Oenanthe fusca

Cercomela fusca

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[edit] Identification

17 cm (6¾ in)

  • Dark brown overall plumage
  • Wings darker
  • Blackish tail
  • Rufous-tinged supercilium

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto © by Alok Tewari  Mangar Bani, Aravali Hills, Faridabad Gugaon Road, Haryana, India, June-2018
Juvenile
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Mangar Bani, Aravali Hills, Faridabad Gugaon Road, Haryana, India, June-2018

North India and north-western Pakistan.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It's placed in genus Cercomela by Clements.

[edit] Habitat

Low rocky hills, ravines, scrubby trees, urban vegetation, open countryside. wilderness and farmland, road side areas, often near human habitation/groves.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their insectivorous diet consists of beetles, ants, spiders and other, mostly ground insects. They have been seen feeding at night on insects attracted to lights.

[edit] Breeding

They nest from February to August, though usually from April to June. The nest is a cup formed from plant fibres, hair and wool positioned in a crevice. The 3-4 pale blue eggs have rusty spots at the large end. The young fledge after about 15 days from hatching.

There may be 2 or 3 broods in the season.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. enotes.com
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)

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