Crows (Corvidae)

Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae) - HBW 14, p. 601

French: Témia de Swinhoe German: Graubrust-Baumelster Spanish: Urraca Gris
Other common names: Himalayan Treepie

Taxonomy: Dendrocitta sinensis var. formosae Swinhoe, 1863, Taiwan.
Forms a species group with D. cinerascens, D. occipitalis and D. leucogastra; sometimes thought to be conspecific with first two. Races fall into two groups, W group with greyish rump and some grey in tail (occidentalis, himalayana, sarkari, assimilis) and relatively shorter-tailed E group with darker, less patterned plumage, white rump and (except nominate) wholly black tail (sinica, sapiens, insulae, nominate). Isolated race sarkari often subsumed in himalayana. Race himalayana often listed as "him.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Dendrocitta sinensis var. formosae Swinhoe, 1863, Taiwan.
Forms a species group with D. cinerascens, D. occipitalis and D. leucogastra; sometimes thought to be conspecific with first two. Races fall into two groups, W group with greyish rump and some grey in tail (occidentalis, himalayana, sarkari, assimilis) and relatively shorter-tailed E group with darker, less patterned plumage, white rump and (except nominate) wholly black tail (sinica, sapiens, insulae, nominate). Isolated race sarkari often subsumed in himalayana. Race himalayana often listed as "himalayensis", but former has priority. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • occidentalis Ticehurst, 1925 - Himalayan foothills from Pakistan (Murree) E through NW India to W Nepal.
  • himalayana Jerdon, 1864 - C Nepal E to NE India, N Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (S to N Annam).
  • sarkari Kinnear & Whistler, 1930 - Eastern Ghats (Orissa and N Andhra Pradesh), in E India.

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  • occidentalis Ticehurst, 1925 - Himalayan foothills from Pakistan (Murree) E through NW India to W Nepal.
  • himalayana Jerdon, 1864 - C Nepal E to NE India, N Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (S to N Annam).
  • sarkari Kinnear & Whistler, 1930 - Eastern Ghats (Orissa and N Andhra Pradesh), in E India.
  • assimilis Hume, 1877 - SW & E Myanmar and N Thailand.
  • sapiens ( Deignan, 1955) - C China (WC Sichuan).
  • sinica Stresemann, 1913 - E & SE China and NE Tonkin (extreme N Vietnam).
  • formosae Swinhoe, 1863 - Taiwan.
  • insulae E. J. O. Hartert, 1910 - Hainan I, in S China.