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Birds

Indian
Blackbird

Least Concern

Stable

Indian Blackbird

Turdus simillimus

The Indian Blackbird is a species of Thrush family. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Common Blackbird. It is found in India and Sri Lanka.

The male has brownish slate-grey upperparts, with darker brown to blackish crown and ear coverts. Underparts are paler brownish-grey. They have distinct eye-ring and patch of orange post-orbital skin, and orange lets & feet. Females are more uniform brown with paler underparts. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

The Indian Blackbird has a loud melodious song resembling that of Oriental Magpie Robin.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    পাতি কালিদামা
  • Bhojpuri:
    कस्तुरी
  • Gujarati:
    કસ્તુરી
  • Malayalam:
    കരിംകിളി, നീലഗിരി കരിങ്കിളി
  • Marathi:
    काळटोप कस्तूर
  • Sanskrit:
    कृष्ण कलविङ्क, कालचटक
Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
TURDIDAE
Turdus simillimus

Indian Blackbird

Range Map

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