Thrushes (Turdidae)

Blue Whistling-thrush (Myophonus caeruleus) - HBW 10, p. 715

French: Arrenga siffleur German: Purpurpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga Común
Other common names: (Large/Violet) Whistling-thrush; Himalayan Whistling-thrush (temminckii)

Taxonomy: Gracula (caerulea) Scopoli, 1786, Canton, China.
Race flavirostris has been considered possibly to merit full species status, but basis for such a separation unclear. Birds from Tien Shan S to Pamirs described as race turcestanicus, but considered inseparable from temminckii. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • temminckii Vigors, 1832 - W Tien Shan S to Afghanistan, and E through Himalayas and E Assam to C China (E to N, W & SW Sichuan) and N & NE Myanmar.
  • eugenei Hume, 1873 - C, E & SE Myanmar, W, N & E Thailand, S China (C & S Yunnan) and N & C Indochina.
  • caeruleus (Scopoli, 1786) - C & E China.

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  • temminckii Vigors, 1832 - W Tien Shan S to Afghanistan, and E through Himalayas and E Assam to C China (E to N, W & SW Sichuan) and N & NE Myanmar.
  • eugenei Hume, 1873 - C, E & SE Myanmar, W, N & E Thailand, S China (C & S Yunnan) and N & C Indochina.
  • caeruleus (Scopoli, 1786) - C & E China.
  • crassirostris Robinson, 1910 - SE Thailand, Cambodia and Malay Peninsula (S to Kedah on W coast and Haadyai on E).
  • dichrorhynchus Salvadori, 1879 - Malay Peninsula (S of Kedah and Pattani) and Sumatra.
  • flavirostris (Horsfield, 1821) - Java.