Male, Nominate subspecies
Photo by paux
West Yunnan, China
, February 2016
- Niltava grandis
20â€“22 cm (7Â¾-8Â½ in)
- Overall dark slaty blue, can appear black from a distance
- Blue shiny crown and shoulder stripe distinctive, can be striking
- Black throat and breast
- Lighter belly
Juvenile - light-brown with whitish spots
Nepal, Bhutan, western India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and southwest China.
Large Niltava has four subspecies:
- Southern China (south-eastern Yunnan)
- Southern Laos (Langbian Plateau)
Humid, dense, broad-leafed forest, often near a stream.
Their diet consists of small to medium insects, crickets and even small snakes. They also eat small berries.
The nest is cup-shaped (either open or domed) constructed from mosses, lichen and rootlets and placed among rocks, beside a tree-trunk, or in a shallow cavity in a rotten stump at about 6 meters from the ground.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Kazmierczak, K and B van Perlo. 2000. A Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0300079210
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
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