[ 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 and Hawaii. 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