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White-bellied Blue Robin Myiomela albiventris   - Adult
White-bellied Blue Robin
Photographer : © Suman Paul
Location :Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala, India
Date : 11 December 2018
English synonyms:White-bellied Sholakili, White-bellied Shortwing, Western Ghats Shortwing, Palni Shortwing, Ashambu Sholakili (ashambuensis)
Bird Family :Turdinae - Thrushes, Blackbirds & Shortwings
Red Data Status :Endangered
Remarks :
Taxonomic Notes :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)

Recent research suggests that this species and Nilgiri Robin Myiomela major should be reassigned to a new genus Sholicola and that the southernmost population ashambuensis from the Ashambu Hills should be treated as a separate species - Ashambu Sholakili.