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Rufous Treepie

Dendrocitta vagabunda


Large crow-like bird with a long tail. Rust, black and white feathers. Robust beak. Harsh call


This bird alighted on my clothesline and warily surveyed my terrace with fruits (bananas and mangoes). Once a myna flew down to eat the crumbs, it also gathered courage to land and eat some mango. This is the first time a Rufous Treepie has actually eaten food put out for the birds. I see two pairs very regularly, though.


I have noted that even regular avian visitors wait till one bird (at least) flies down...then, ALL come down from their perches reassured that it is safe...the pioneer bird takes the risk!

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SukanyaDatta 3 days ago

Thank you Dwain, I read somewhere that penguins jostle on the ice and try to push one into the water...if a leopard seal catches it...well, the flock is safe. I suppose it takes " one" to lead the way and to show it is safe to go someplace. Glad you liked the spotting.

Dwain 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing. It is a beautiful bird and your comment is very interesting that once one bird flies down, the rest follow. :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Thanks, Sukanya :)

SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Torn calf muscle...oooooh!!! that sounds painful. Good and get well soon.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Life sometimes teaches us to stop and appreciate the little things. That's a beautiful lesson, and one of the benefits is serenity. The peaceful life is something worth holding onto :) As far as my injury goes, I tore a calf muscle. Did a good job of it too! I'm afraid that my stupidity got the better of me! :-/

SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Injury! I hope it wasn't anything serious and that you are better. Good wishes for a swift recovery. Our office is functioning at 50 per cent attendance levels (up from 25 per cent) so even I haven't GONE to work in almost 2 months.
The interesting thing about enforced lockdown... is that after almost a year and a half, staying at home is surprisingly peaceful. I wonder if we...I ...will ever be able to go back to pre-covid life of dashing out whenever!
Thank God for those critters that drop in (a millipede yesterday) Never thought I would be grateful for this visit.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Same here for us in Oz at present. Brisbane has been in lockdown since Tuesday, Sydney even longer, and many state borders closed. This never seems to end! Beautiful visitors from the animal kingdom make it just that bit more tolerable! I've been off work for a few weeks due to an injury. Staying at home is second nature to me now! Critters drop by, and the cat and I are quite content :)

SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Thank you, Neil. I am so happy I could post something that so many of my PN-friends have liked. Being confined to home means I am constrained to photograph only those creatures that drop in...sometimes, birds oblige.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Magnificent spotting, Sukanya! Beautiful bird, and the strong beak is so unusual. It reminds me of another bird species, but I can't think of which. The "pioneer" bird is very crow-like in spirit and behaviour!

SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

@ Zlatan, Sergio, jazz.mann
It is wonderful to read your comments. This bird is a regular in my home, neighbourhood and State. I am happy you all liked it so much...maybe I will catch it in flight some day!

jazz.mann 2 months ago

cool spotting. I hope one day you can make a shot of one in flight or with its wings outstretched. I can only imagine how beautiful that must be!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 months ago

First time I see one. Beautiful bird, congrats.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 months ago

Love these!

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 28, 2021
Submitted on Jun 29, 2021

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