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Malabar Whistling Thrush

Myophonus horsfieldii


The bird looks quite plain and unattractive when hiding in the trees and almost looks completely black. It's only when it comes into the open and there's enough light shining on it that you realise that it's a beautiful blue. It's song can be heard echoing throughout the forest. It sings when mist envelops the forest and it's song is haunting but beautiful to hear. If you've never heard it before, you could mistake it for a person whistling, yet it sounds quite different from a person. It's also called the naughty schoolboy bird or the whistling schoolboy bird.


Wooded area in the Nilgiri hills, south India

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@leubaridgway I'm happy to be able to share it here, love the community and the amount of fascinating info about so many different forms of life.

@ashleyt thanks!

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Brings back memories Mohammed - thanks for that. Can't say I've ever seen the bird but have head it several times in Kodaikanal hills, always thinking there was some human in the forest. Calls were never the same.
Thank you for sharing this.

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Nov 20, 2017
Submitted on Nov 20, 2017

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