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Nilgiri Laughingthrush

Montecincla cachinnans

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This is the only montane laughingthrush in its range and hence unmistakable. It is dull bronzy-brown above and rufous below, with a black face and throat and a prominent white eyebrow that gives it a peculiar facial expression. Found in stunted montane forests and undisturbed tree-filled gardens, in pairs or noisy flocks, producing a melodious “pee-ko-ko-ko” song and several other chatters intermingled with musical notes. Heard more often than seen; its songs and calls are usually the first indication of its presence.

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