Overview

Comprehensive Description

Summary

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Principal Habitat

Moist-wet forests

Associated habitats

Plantations,Gardens,Coffee

Elevation (m)

0-1500

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  • Daniels, R J R (1997) A Field Guide to the Birds of Southwestern India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi; Ali, S and Ripley, S D (1983) A Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi
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Miscellaneous Details

Original Description/Nomenclature

Dendrocitta leucogastra

Indian Museum/Repository

Bombay Natural History Society

  • Daniels, R J R (1997) A Field Guide to the Birds of Southwestern India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi; Ali, S and Ripley, S D (1983) A Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi
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Distribution

Endemic Distribution

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Occurrence is States along Western Ghats

Kerala,Tamilnadu,Karnataka,Goa

Occurrence in Latitudes degrees N

8-9,9-10,10-11,11-12,12-13,13-14,14-15

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  • Daniels, R J R (1997) A Field Guide to the Birds of Southwestern India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi; Ali, S and Ripley, S D (1983) A Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi
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Range

Lowlands of sw India (Western Ghats).
  • Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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General Habitat

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Principal Habitat

Moist-wet forests

Associated habitats

Plantations,Gardens,Coffee

Elevation (m)

0-1500

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  • Daniels, R J R (1997) A Field Guide to the Birds of Southwestern India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi; Ali, S and Ripley, S D (1983) A Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
BirdLife International

Reviewer/s
Butchart, S. & Symes, A.

Contributor/s

Justification
Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally quite common (Madge and Burn 1993).

Population Trend
Stable
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Wikipedia

White-bellied treepie

The white-bellied treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra) is a bird of the crow family endemic to the forests of southern India. They overlap in distribution in some areas with the rufous treepie but are easily to tell apart both from appearance and call.

Description[edit]

The white of the head and body makes it easy to distinguish from the sympatric rufous treepie. This tends to be found in more dense forest and is less associated with human habitation than the rufous treepie.[3]

Calls (Recorded in Wayanad)

When calling, the bird bows and droops its wings. Several birds may arrive at one tree and call repeatedly during the pre-monsoon breeding season (mainly April–May but some nests from February). The nest is a platform of twigs on a medium sized tree. Three eggs are laid, ashy grey with green and grey blotches.[4][5]

It is associated with mixed-species foraging flocks and is often found along with greater racket-tailed drongos.[3]

Distribution[edit]

It is found in the forests of the Western Ghats mainly south of Goa.[6] A record from Erimalai near Dharmapuri[7] and reports from the Surat Dangs and the southeastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh stand outside its main distribution range. A record from central India (Chikalda, Gawilgarh[5]) has been questioned.[3]

Illustration by John Gould, 1835

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dendrocitta leucogastra". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gould, J. (1835). "X. On a new Genus in the Family of Corvidae". Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 1: 87–90. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1835.tb00606.x. 
  3. ^ a b c Rasmussen, PC & JC Anderton (2005). Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Volume 2. Smithsonian Institution & Lynx Edicions. p. 596. 
  4. ^ Hume, A O (1889). The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds. Volume 1. R H Porter, London. p. 22. 
  5. ^ a b Baker, ECS (1922). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Birds. Volume 1 (2 ed.). Taylor and Francis, London. pp. 51–52. 
  6. ^ Daniels, R J Ranjit, NV Joshi & Madhav Gadgil (1992). "On the relationship between bird and woody plant species diversity in the Uttara Kannada district of south India". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 89 (12): 5311–5315. doi:10.1073/pnas.89.12.5311. PMC 49281. PMID 11607298. 
  7. ^ Daniels, R.J.R. & MV Ravikumar (1997). "Birds of Erimalai". Newsletter for Birdwatchers 37 (5): 80–82. 
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