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Alternative names: Nilgiri Shortwing

Photo by Goyter
Western Ghats, India, November 2012
Sholicola major


14 cm

  • Dark slaty-blue head, breast and upperparts
  • Bluish brow over dusky lores
  • Fulvous flanks and vent
  • White mid-belly


An Indian endemic, only found in the Nilgiri Hills (north of Palghat Gap) in the southwest of the subcontinent.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with White-bellied Blue Robin and placed in the genus Brachypteryx.


Evergreen and shola forests near streams, also pine, wattle and tea plantations near shola forests.



  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/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Avibase

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