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Malabar Whistling Thrush or Myiophonus horsfieldii

The Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myiophonus horsfieldii) is a medium sized bird found in forest areas that lay near water bodies. This bird is popularly known as “Malabar Whistling Schoolboy” for its ability to produce melodious whistling notes.

It is a dark blue bird with a blacker head and back. The bird has remarkable bright blue patches on the shoulders and forehead, except for juveniles.

The birds are omnivorous, eating a wide range of frogs, insects, earthworms and berries. They are usually seen singly or in pairs.

Like the common Myna , Malabar Whistling Thrushes are found making nests inside man-made structures. Two or four eggs are laid at one time. These birds are also kept as cage birds.