- Tephrodornis pondicerianus
14·5–18 cm (5¾-7 in)
- Brownish-grey upperparts and wings
- White underparts
- Dark brown patch behind eye
- White supercilium
- Greyish-brown lores
- Dark brown tail
- Yellowish-brown iris
- Grey legs and bill
Three subspecies are recognized:
- T. p. pallidus
- T. p. pondicerianus
- T. p. orientis
Open and dry deciduoous forests, secondary growth, bamboo, woodland, hedgerows, gardens and groves.
They feed on insects, particularly beetles, spiders and some fruit.
The nest, constructed by both adults, is cup shaped and made from moss, lichen, roots, grass and bark, bound with spider's webs and lined with hair and wool. The clutch consists of 2-3 cream, yellow or reddish brown spotted eggs.
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