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Subspecies P. c. saturatus
Photo © by odewe
Jakarta, Indonesia, March 2005
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus


Male, Subspecies P. c. thai
Photo © by Oldnintheway
Queen Sirikit Park, Bangkok, Thailand, Feburary 2018

16cm (6¼ in)
Male nominate

  • Dark grey lores, face, ear-coverts, chin and lower throat
  • Lighter grey forehead to back and scapulars
  • Orange breast, fading to yellow on the belly
  • Orange tail edges, rump and wing patches
  • Dark beak
  • Long wings

Female: grey upperparts, yellow underparts, tail edges, rump and wing patches.


Southern Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to Indonesia.



Subspecies P. c. peregrinus
Photo © by max1
Dudwha National Park , E. India, January 2018

There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • P. c. peregrinus: Himalayas and northern India
  • P. c. pallidus: Pakistan (Indus River valley from Rann of Kutch to Punjab)
  • P. c. malabaricus: West India (Western Ghats from Belgaum to Kerala)
  • P. c. cinnamomeus: South peninsula India and Sri Lanka
  • P. c. vividus: Andaman Islands
  • P. c. thai: Myanmar to northern Thailand and Laos
  • P. c. sacerdos: Cambodia and southern Vietnam
  • P. c. separatus: South Myanmar (Mergui District) and southern peninsula Thailand
  • P. c. saturatus: Java and Bali



Forests including mangrove and thorn. Strand woodland and casuarinas



They construct a cup shaped nest for their clutch of 2-4 spotted eggs. These are incubated by the female. They may be double-brooded in some areas.

Pair, subspecies P. c. malabaricus
Photo © by drkishore
Maredumilli, Andhra Pradesh ,India, September-2018


Their diet consists of moths, caterpillars and other insects such as beetles and cicadas.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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