Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus



Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) is a small passerine bird species and is the sole member of the genus Hypocolius and it is placed in a family of its own, the Hypocoliidae. Its slender shape, long-tail and soft, satiny plumage resembles that of the Waxwing. It is a shy and unobtrusive, even cryptic, bird which will fly to thick cover when disturbed, where it will remain motionless until the perceived danger has passed. Its flight is strong and direct (without undulations).  It forms flocks, especially in winter, and roost communally.

This species is found in the dry semi-desert region of northern Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and western India. They fly in flocks and forage mainly on fruits, migrating south in winter The breeding season is June or July in Arabia and it is known to breed in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, but also occurs in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen In Kuwait it is an uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor.

Birdlife Factsheet:  Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

 

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