Indian Blackbird

Turdus simillimus (Jerdon, 1839 )

© Dr.Jayaprakash V

all photos of serie (clickable):

author: Dr.Jayaprakash V
location: Singampatti Zamindar Forest
date: 2012-03-23
equipment: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm

2020-05-15. Dr.Jayaprakash V:

I think it is Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Experts please help with the ID.



2020-05-18. Аскар Исабеков:

Dark orange bill and orange eye-ring indicate to Indian Blackbird (Turdus simillimus) in my opinion.

2020-05-19. Dr.Jayaprakash V:

Thank you for the suggestion!
I found this in Birds of Indian Subcontinent, Grimmet & Inskipp
Indian Blackbird “ ....(Males) have brownish slate-grey upper parts with darker brown to blackish crown and ear coverts resulting in capped effect....”
This bird was black all over.


2020-05-30. Аскар Исабеков:

that's description of nigropileus subspecies male. Please look to my photo of Indian Blackbird taken in Munnar (photo).

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