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White-bellied Blue Robin Myiomela albiventris  
White-bellied Blue Robin
Photographer : © Santanu Chatterjee
Location :Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala, India
Date : 2 November 2017
English synonyms:White-bellied Shortwing, Western Ghats Shortwing
Bird Family :Turdinae - Thrushes, Blackbirds & Shortwings
Red Data Status :Endangered
Remarks :
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to SW India.
Formerly considered a subspecies of Myiomela major [Brachypteryx major]. Separated following:
Robin, V. V., Sinha, A. and Ramakrishnan, U. (2010) Ancient Geographical Gaps and Paleo-Climate Shape the Phylogeography of an Endemic Bird in the Sky Islands of Southern India. PLoS One 5(10)
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