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Grey Bushchat

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Photo by Yeshey DorjiTaba, Thimphu, Bhutan, August 2005
Photo by Yeshey Dorji
Taba, Thimphu, Bhutan, August 2005
Saxicola ferreus


[edit] Identification

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Grey plumage
  • Long white supercilium
  • White throat and wing bar

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto by aloktewariYSS Ashram, Dwarahat, Uttarakhand, India
Photo by aloktewari
YSS Ashram, Dwarahat, Uttarakhand, India

Asia: found from northern Pakistan through the Himalayan areas of northern India to southern Tibet, south-eastern China, Myanmar and northern Indochina

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • S. f. harringtoni in southeastern China (north to Gansu and Shaanxi east to Shanghai), Myanmar, and northern Indochina
  • S. f. ferreus from northwestern Pakistan east to south central China (Yunnan)

harringtoni was formerly included in Jerdon's Bushchat.

[edit] Habitat

Montane broad-leaved forests, and forest edges; gardens with shrubs and bushes and small trees. Observed in the Himalayas at heights around 2133 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

ImmaturePhoto by aloktewariDalhosie Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Photo by aloktewari
Dalhosie Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014

Their diet consists of a wide variety of insects, including spiders, grasshoppers and beetles, with the occasional addition of seeds.

[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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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