[ edit] Identification
19â€“20 cm (7Â½-8 in)
Red around the vent
Black head and small bushy crest
Long white-tipped tail
Sexes similar; young birds are duller
[ edit] Distribution Asia: found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and south-western China.
They have been introduced to many areas including
Fiji, Hawaii, Texas, Bahrain, Argentina, Samoa,and Tonga. They are also commonly seen in urban parts of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
[ edit] Taxonomy
[ edit] Subspecies
There are 9 subspecies
P. c. intermedius: Himalayas (western Pakistan to western Uttar Pradesh)
P. c. humayuni: Pakistan (Salt Range) and north-western India
P. c. bengalensis: Eastern Himalayas (eastern Uttar Pradesh) to north-eastern India, Nepal and Bhutan
P. c. wetmorei: North-eastern peninsula India
P. c. primrosei: Southern Assam (south of the Brahmaputra), Bangladesh and West Bengal
P. c. pusillus South India (Bombay, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra to Kerala)
P. c. cafer: Sri Lanka
P. c. stanfordi: Northern Burma to extreme south-western China (western Yunnan)
P. c. melanchimus: South-central Burma (Mandalay to Rangoon)
[ edit] Habitat
Scrub, open dry deciduous woodland, plains and cultivated land, orchards and gardens.
[ edit] Behaviour
[ edit] Breeding
They builds their nest in a bush; the clutch consists of 2-3 eggs.
The diet includes fruit, buds, nectar, insects and invertebrates.
[ edit] Vocalisation
A very noisy species
Listen in an external program
Call recorded in an urban garden, 7.15 am.
[ edit] References
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/
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
[ edit] External Links