Birds of Morni: Indian Treepie

November 18, 2011

Indian Treepie/ Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is a member of the crow family. The body is bright rufous coloured, head is black and the tail is long, graduated and bluish-grey with a black tip.The bill is stout, black and hooked. The wing has a white patch. The underparts are orange-brown.Wing coverts are white and the primaries are black.The feet and legs are black.It feeds in trees on fruits, seeds, invertebrates, small reptiles and the eggs and young of birds and even fresh carcasses. It sometimes travels with other species like drongos and babblers while searching for food.It accumulates and hides food.It is found all over the country and the Himalayas.The nest is a shallow platform of twigs and grass built in trees and bushes. It breeds from April-June.Its loud calls make it very conspicuous.

Indian Treepie, Sher Gujran, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Indian Treepie, Sher Gujran, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Indian Treepie, Sher Gujran, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Indian Treepie, Sher Gujran, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Indian Tree Pies- Viewed from below

Indian Tree Pies- Viewed from below

Tree Pie feeding on Banyan fig, Mandhana, Morni Hills

Tree Pie feeding on Banyan fig, Mandhana, Morni Hills

Indian Treepie, Rasoon, Morni

Indian Treepie, Rasoon, Morni

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