Saturday, 17 January 2015

Gorgeous Himalayan Bluetail Bird

The stunning Himalayan bluetail or Himalayan red-flanked bush-robin (Tarsiger rufilatus) is a small passerine bird that was previously classified as a member of the thrush family Turdidae. The Bluetail bird is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher of Muscicapidae. Though presently under review, this taxon is not current recognized as a species by BirdLife international.

The Bluetail bird is a short-distance altitudinal migrant species, which breeding in mixed coniferous forest with undergrowth at 3,000 to 4,400 m altitude in the Himalaya and wintering at 1,500 to 2,500 m. It is insectivorous and it is closely related to the red-flanked bluetail and was usually treated as a subspecies of it in the past, but as well as differing in its migratory behavior (the red-flanked bluetail is a long-distance migrant), it also differs in the more intense blue color of the adult males and the greyer color of the females and juveniles.

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