Wednesday, March 29, 2023


From the family of crows and magpies, here is one that is endemic to India. The Rufous Tree-pie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is a noisy bird, but one that is quick to make friends with humans. Like other members of the Crow family (Corvidae) it is extremely adaptable and an opportunistic feeder, which makes it difficult to dislodge.

Though it has a wide variety of calls, the ones we are most often subject to is the plaintive screech; thankfully it has other calls as well. But from this one, which visits our surroundings almost every day, does not deign to speak to us in anything other than its complaining tone!

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