Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)

The Blue Whistling Thrush is widely distributed in the mountains of Central Asia, China and South East Asia, and in India are found along the foothills of the Himalayas. They feed on the ground and are found along streams foraging for insects, crabs, snails and fruit. They make altitudinal changes in the Himalayas, descending in winters to lower altitudes. I photographed this specimen in Chakki Mor in Himachal Pradesh, about an hour’s drive from Chandigarh.

This whistling thrush is striking dark violet blue with shiny spangling on the tips of the body feathers and a yellow beak, with several sub species throughout its habitats. They are beautiful to watch in direct sunlight, with the violet blue glistening.

They are found singly and in pairs, turning over stone and rock, searching for crab and snail that they batter on rocks before feeding.

They are active well before dawn and dusk and their call can be heard before sunrise and after sunset.

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