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Alternative name: Himalayan Treepie
36 - 40cm. A drab brownish-grey treepie.
Sexes similar. Juveniles are more uniformely grey-brown.
Eight subspecies accepted:
Feeds on invertebrates, their larvae, lizards, small birds, eggs and nestlings. Takes also fruits and seeds and nectar from flowering trees. Often around villages scavenging for kitchen waste.
Breeds from April to July but times vary locally according to rains. The nest is a small, flimsy cup made of sticks and placed some 2 - 6m above the ground in a small tree, bamboo stand or shrub. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.
A sedentary species.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
One individual sitting in canopy, called and flew away.
Rankhet Hill Station, Alt. 6800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2018.
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