Fun Grandala Facts For Kids

Martha Martins
Oct 20, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Sonali Rawat
Learn grandala facts are more information about this arboreal insectivore from the Turdidae family.

Have you ever heard or seen the proverb; unity is strength in somewhere or something in the world? Mattie Stepanek very nicely said 'Where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.'

All the traits from the above sayings and quotes can be observed in this Asian species of a passerine bird, the grandala. In addition, the bird is the woody insectivore bird of the flycatcher family.

The bird's scientific name is Grandala coelicolor from the Turdidae family, the phylum is Chordata, and the genus is Grandala. They are commonly known in the world as blue grandala, grandala bleu, and zorzal grandala.

According to the quotes and sayings, the grandala always stays with its own species. So, it is difficult for you to track a single bird.

The flock bonds with each other, and when they see a lonely bird, the whole flocks go with it. The flock of grandalas indicates the bird's navigation of where they are, and so the birds can protect from raptors.

You may learn more exciting facts about the grandala bird, and don't miss learning about the hawk and the magpie right here!

Grandala Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a grandala?

The grandala is a monotypic bird species from the order Passeriformes. The genus of the species is Grandala. In 1843 Hodgson accepted the name Grandala coelicolor as its scientific name.

What class of animal does a grandala belong to?

The Coelicolor grandala birds belong to the Aves class and are from the Turdidae family.

How many grandalas are there in the world?

There is no specific data available on the grandala's (Grandala coelicolor) population across the world. However, the population is abundant in the world, and each group may consist of 450-500 grandalas in numbers.

Where does a grandala live?

The species of blue grandala range across the northwest, low-to-mid altitudes of the Himalayas from Kashmir to Bhutan and northeastern Indian Subcontinent, and China; in the winter, the grandala birds move as Myanmar. Also, it is found in Nepal and Tibet.

What is a grandala habitat?

During breeding, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor)are inhabitant in screes, boulder-strewn alpine meadows, barren rocky slopes, and ridges above dwarf-scrub zone at 12795.5-18044.6 ft (3900-5500 m). The bird Coelicolor grandala is seen in many wooded areas, open forests, bushes, parks, plantations, and gardens.

During winter, the grandala bird ranges across the rocky mountains and ridges from  9842.2-14107.6 ft (3000 -4300 m) and sometimes as low as 6561.6 ft (2000 m).

Who does grandala live with?

The species of grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds are gregarious in the world. These birds always form groups called flocks and live with their species; this is the most notable characteristic of the Grandala bird.

They are protected from predators like eagles, vultures, sparrow hawks, and other prey birds as they move in flocks. We cannot see a single bird in any region across the world; the flocks always bond together. Even if the bird is solitary, a whole flock joins it.

How long does a grandala live?

The average lifespan of the species of zorzal grandala bird is unknown.

How do they reproduce?

Reproduction of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) bird happens between May and July. The nest is of a large-size bowl, well-cared, and placed on a ledge or edge of a rock.

The outside of the nest is built with dried herbs and covered in moss, and the inside border is with other silky materials and feathers. Only two white eggs with reddish-brown spots and secondary purplish markings are laid in the nest.

Both the male and the female species of grandala bird feed their chicks and take good care. More data is yet to be studied on the breeding of this bird.

What is their conservation status?

Grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds are not threatened as they are found abundantly in the world. Also, they are plentifully found locally in the Himalayas and China. Thus the conservation status of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) bird is under the Least Concern category as per the ICUN red list.

Grandala Fun Facts

What does the grandala look like?


The adult male and female species of grandala birds look entirely different in color. The adult male is almost shiny royal blue with a silky sheen. The adult female is brownish-gray, with whitish streaks on the head to mantle and underparts.

The adjacent wing covers have a white patch that is seen at the time of flight. In summer, the inside of the mouth is orange-yellow, and it is changed to lemon-yellow color in winter. The adults have black wings, tails, bills, claws, feet, and legs.

A juvenile is similar to an adult female but lacks blue on their rump, earth-brown plumage, broader streaks, and the darker and white ring around the eyes.

How cute are they?

The male grandalas' (Grandala coelicolor) blue-violet silky sheen is so charming and pleasant that you may fall in love with its beauty. The sky gets colorful with the flying flock and can be a lifetime experience.

How do they communicate?

Communication mostly happens through song and calls in grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds. There is no difference in both song and call, and on account of high sociability, there is no actual territorial singing.

However, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor)birds have different vocalizations; these are noted sweet, short, powerfully, and down-slurred 'chyuuu' sounds. In addition, it has various multisyllabic versions that are described as a silent version of the call. The male gives calls with ringing finch-like 'tji-ti', and the female calls with shrill 'dee dee dee' sounds.

The male calls in courtship with sounds like 'fit-fit'. Considering its sweet low pitched voice, they may be considered not loud.

How big is a grandala?

The grandala (Grandala coelicolor) bird species is monotypic, and its size measures 7.5 - 9 in (19–23 cm).

How fast can a grandala fly?

The flight of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) bird is closely similar to that of the monticola. However, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) flight movement is vertical, and with no interruptions, it can fly quickly. The birds are taking the direct and consequential flight of the mounds. They can go wherever they need to, even in the robust winds.

How much does a grandala weigh?

The weight of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) bird measures 0.083 - 0.11 lb (38 - 52 g)

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for both male and female grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds. However, the males are commonly known as male grandalas (Grandala coelicolor), and the females are commonly known as female grandalas (Grandala coelicolor).

What would you call a baby grandala?

The babies of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds are called chicks.

What do they eat?

Blue grandala (Grandala coelicolor) feeds on insects, tupilid larvae, nymphs, caterpillars, moths, and seeds. In autumn, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) eats blueberries seeds of Vaccinium, fruits in orchards, and feed on sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) in wintertime. During autumn, while taking food from trees, the flocks damage the trees.

Are they poisonous?

No data is available to prove the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds are poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

The cuteness of these birds tempts anyone to have a grandala as a pet. However, considering the characteristic of the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) living with the group, it is not ideal for keeping this as a pet.

Did you know...

Viewing flocks of grandala (Grandala coelicolor) birds on a tree from a distance, they looks-alike blue-colored fruits. In addition, while looking at the color from a long distance, the color is full of enthusiasm and spectacular.

Are they predators?

Yes, grandalas (Grandala coelicolor) are known as predators for their habit of killing insects.

How high can they fly?

These birds are known to live at an altitude of 12795.5-18044.6 ft (3900-5500 m); hence they fly at higher altitudes. However, the exact height at which grandala (Grandala coelicolor) flies is unknown.

In winter, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) forages at the resident location. Still, it sometimes has nomadism, is not within the same place, and moves from one place to another periodically and continuously.

Therefore, the grandala (Grandala coelicolor) flight of birds' formation in clouds has a superficial and aerodynamic appearance compared with starlings or bee-eaters. Flocks specify the bird's navigation of where they are in the world.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our kea parrot facts and ovenbird fun facts for kids pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable bird coloring pages.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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Sonali has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and is currently pursuing a Master's in English and Communication from Christ University. With considerable experience in writing about lifestyle topics, including travel and health, she has a passion for Japanese culture, especially fashion, and anime, and has written on the subject before. Sonali has event managed a creative-writing festival and coordinated a student magazine at her university. Her favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Anita Desai.

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