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Nominate subspecies male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Ranikhet, Alt. 6800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 9 April, 2019
Ficedula superciliaris

Identification

10cm

  • Deep blue upperparts, sides of head and neck
  • A noticeable white patch runs from centre of throat, through breast to belly

Distribution

Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Winters in India.

Taxonomy

Male Juvenile
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, 7000 ft. above MSL, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 July 2012

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • F. s. superciliaris:
  • F. s. aestigma:

Habitat

Hills and forests of oak, rhododendron, pine, fir, occasionally orchards.

Behaviour

Female Juvenile
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, 7000 ft. above MSL, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 July 2012

Diet

The diet includes insects.

Breeding

It builds a nest from fine moss with some strips of bark and fine grass, lined with hair and rootlets. The 3 - 5 eggs are olive-green to dull stone-buff, freckled all over with reddish brown.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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