Birds of Morni: Oriental Magpie Robin

November 21, 2011

Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), once a popular cagebird, is a 7″ distinctive black and white bird with a long tail held upright while foraging.The male has black upper parts, head and throat with a prominent white shoulder patch. The underparts are white. Females are greyish black above and greyish white below.It is found in open woodland, cultivated areas often close to human habitations. They feed on insects and invertebrates. They sometimes feed on lizards and small fish. They are active till late hours. They nest in tree hollows or holes in walls etc.
It is the national bird of Bangladesh and appears on currency notes. A town square in Dhaka, the Doyel (Oriental Magpie) Chatwar (Square), is dedicated to the national bird.

Oriental Magpie Robin (Male) – courtesy Rajesh Pandey

Oriental Magpie Robin, Bunga

Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin (Female)

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