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Nilgiri flycatcher

Eumyias albicaudatus

Description:

Brilliantly coloured blue old-world flycatcher that's endemic to the Western ghats in India. It's named after the Nilgiri mountain range that is part of the Western ghats.

Notes:

It's been a year since I moved to this place that's pretty close to the forest. I had first spotted these birds last October and they disappeared by March. I feared that I may have done something wrong or probably disturbed them in some way because I hadn't been able to spot a single one until October again this year. Now I know that their appearance and disappearance coincided with the fruiting of the champaka trees in the garden. The aril covered green fruits turn black and split open, exposing several small, pink seeds which many birds seem to be fond of, especially the Nilgiri flycatcher. It's easy to spot at least 8-10 individual males and females near the trees. The 4th image shows it perched on a branch with the fruits.


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8 Comments

remkinloch
remkinloch 9 months ago

Congratulations on your SOTD, such vivid colouration. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you Greyson

Greyson Smida
Greyson Smida 9 months ago

Adorable, also congrats!

நன்றி Arun :)

Arun
Arun 9 months ago

Congrats On SOTD ... வாழ்த்துக்கள் :)

Thank you Daniele and Michael!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 9 months ago

Congrats On SOTD!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 months ago

Congratulations Mohammed, your Nilgiri flycatcher is our Spotting of the Day! We love a spotting with multiple good shots and personal observations! A job well done on this little jewel.

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Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 11.35, Long: 76.81

Spotted on Nov 26, 2018
Submitted on Nov 26, 2018

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