In his range, he is unmistakable in his range wearing his suit of blazing sapphire blue, fiery orange, and ultramarine.
Meet the Himalayan Blue-tail
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The Himalayan bluetail or Himalayan red-flanked bush-robin (Tarsiger rufilatus) measures 15 cm in length weighing in at 11 – 14 grams. The male sports a dark blue head and upper parts, with iridescent pale blue supercilium and matching shoulder patches. He also wears a cobalt-blue rump, upper tail coverts, and a tail edged in a similar color. His chin, throat, and belly, are white flecked with gray, the flanks have a broad orange patch. His eyes are brown, his legs and bill black.
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The female is duller than her male counterparts, wearing a suit of grey-brown with a sky-blue rump and white eyering. Her chin and throat are white, her breast gray-brown, with flanks a similar orange to the male.
Juvenile birds are dull brown with a light blue tail with a trace of orange on their flanks.
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This bird is found in the Himalayas up to 3000 to 4400 meters, but not beyond the treeline.
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They prefer to live in the bush layer (dwarf rhododendron in wetter areas, deciduous bushes in drier) of conifer and mixed conifer-oak forest, as well as main species fir (Abies) but sometimes in areas with Picea smithiana or Pinus wallichiana/Cupressus torulosa forest.
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The Himalayan bluetail dines on insects, including beetles, however, they also take berries and seeds.
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These birds breed from June through to July when they build a loose cup-shaped nest using moss, grass, wool, hair, and feathers, usually place in a crevice of a wall, rock, bank, or, in a pile of stones on the ground. Within a clutch of 4 to 6 eggs is laid and incubated for about 2 weeks by the female. Chicks will remain in the nest for around 2 weeks.
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This bird is considered as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
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You can watch this bird right here in the video below:
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