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Photo by Biju.P.B
Shendurney forests, Kerala, India, April 2010
Larvivora brunnea

Identification

15cm

  • Blue upperparts
  • Bright orange underparts
  • White on the lower belly and undertail
  • Long white supercilium
  • Black eye mask
Photo by atanumondal
Ooty , Tamilnadu, India, April 2004

Female: drabber

  • Brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • White throat and belly

Juvenile: similar to the female; scaly brown plumage

Distribution

Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina and Myanmar

Taxonomy

Recent research suggests that this species belongs to a new genus, uniting the East Asian Erithacus and Luscinia Robins. It is therefore placed in the genus Larvivora.

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • L. b. brunnea:
  • L. b. wickhami:

Habitat

Hill forest dense undergrowth.

Behaviour

Comes out at dawn and dusk.

Breeding

It nests low in dense bushes, laying 3-4 eggs.

Diet

Diet includes insects.

Vocalisation

Song: musical

Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China May 2011

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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