White-collared blackbird

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White-collared blackbird
White-collared Blackbird Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve West Sikkim India 15.02.2016.jpg
Male in Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, West Sikkim, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
T. albocinctus
Binomial name
Turdus albocinctus
Royle, 1840
In Nepal
At Kullu - Manali District of Himachal Pradesh, India

The white-collared blackbird (Turdus albocinctus) is a species of bird in the family Turdidae.

It is found in the Indian subcontinent, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.

On the Tibetan Plateau White-collared Blackbirds can breed twice a year. The first breeding attempt results in small clutches where a few nestlings fledge in high body condition. Contrasting with the second attempt where larger clutches result in more chicks fledgling but these are in lower body condition. These differences are thought to be driven by parental feeding behaviour and seasonal variation in food availability. White-collared Blackbirds feed their chicks plant material, especially berries, and invertebrates such as arthropods and annelids.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus albocinctus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Fan, L.Q.; Chen, G.L.; Da, X.W.; Luo, J.J.; Xian, L.L.; Ren, Q.M.; Xie, Y.Y.; Du, B. (2017). "Seasonal variation in food availability influences the breeding strategy of White-collared Blackbirds Turdus albocinctus on the Tibetan Plateau". Ibis. 159 (4): 873–882. doi:10.1111/ibi.12506.