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Photo © by china guy
Old Erlang Road, Sichuan, China, November 2010
Tarsiger indicus

Erithacus indicus


13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Blue-grey face and mantle
  • Yellowish-olive crown
  • Long white supercilium
  • Black bill
  • Brown legs
  • Orange throat, breast and flanks
  • White belly


Subspecies formosanus
Photo © by Bananafishbones
Taiwan, March 2019
  • Greyish-brown upperparts
  • White eye ring and supercilium
  • Orange-buff underparts
  • White belly


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bhutan and Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar and Vietnam



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. i. indicus:
  • T. i. yunnanensis:
  • In south-western China (Yunnan); winters to northern Myanmar and northern Tonkin
  • T. i. formosanus: Duller breast than mainland birds


Dense undergrowth of mixed broadleaf and conifers at high elevations. Observed at heights between 2300-4300m.



A cup shaped nest is placed in a hollow bank. The clutch contains 3-4 white eggs which have pale pink spotting.


Their diet consists mostly of insects which are foraged on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birding in Taiwan
  3. BirdForum Member observations

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