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Grey-winged Blackbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Marc Guyt
Sat Tal, India, January 2005
Turdus boulboul


Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Doi Angkhang, Thailand, February 2009

27–29 cm (10½-11½ in)

  • Black plumage with pale greyish panel on greater secondary coverts and secondaries
  • Orange bill
  • Yellow eye-ring
  • Yellow legs


  • Olive brown with a paler rufescent wing-panel
  • Yellow bill

Sometimes males can have white wing-panels.


Found in the Himalayas from North Pakistan to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Also in South China (Yunnan and Sichuan), northern Vietnam and Laos, mountains of Burma and northernmost Thailand.


Immature Male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014; Alt. 6900 feet above msl

This is a monotypic species[1].


Oak and rhododendron forest with thick ground vegetation, also tall conifer forests, clearings and dry scrub on open hillsides. Usually in thicker woods than similar White-collared Blackbird.


Shy and quick to take flight when disturbed. Hops on the ground in typical thrush fashion.


Feeds on invertebrates, snails, slugs, earthworms, also fruit and berries.


Breeds from March to August. The nest is a cup of grass, leaves, moss and lichens, placed in a fork of a tree, close to the trunk around 2 to 5 m above the ground. 3 to 4 eggs are laid.


Immature Female
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014; Alt. 6900 feet above msl

Altitudinal migrant, found in the lowlands in winter, then sometimes in flocks associated with other thrushes.


Song recorded in Kalatop Sanctuary, Himalayan Forest (2417 meter/7930 ft), Upper Dalhousie, Dist. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India; June-2009.

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Recording by Alok Tewari


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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