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Subspecies tusalia
Photo © by Kshounish Sankar Ray
Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal, India, October 2009
Macropygia unchall


Subspecies minor
Photo © by paux
West Fujian, China, January 2018

37–41 cm (14½-16 in)

  • Buff forehead and throat
  • Pinkish-grey crown
  • Green ear-coverts and nape
  • Upperparts barred black and chestnut
  • Iridescent green or purplish-pink neck
  • Long tail


Asia: China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas



Nominate subspecies
Photo © by the late Rookery
Bali, August 2012

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. u. tusalia:
  • M. u. minor:
  • M. u. unchall:


Dense evergreen forest and secondary jungle.



The diet consists of fruits, seeds, berries acorns, shoots, small drupes and buds.


The nest is a large platform of twigs; the single egg, which is slightly glossy or cream, sometimes has a small number of olive-yellow speckles and spots, is incubated for 16 days; the young fledging 19 days later.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  4. Answers.com
  5. Wikipedia

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