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Rufous Treepie

Dendrocitta vagabunda


Big crow-like bird with a pleasing combination of colours. Rust, black and white. Long tail. Harsh call except when calling in a romantic mood. Wary. Alert. Two pairs. Initially they faced each other; then the second pair turned their backs (literally).


Electric line between my house and the neighbour opposite. They communicated and danced...not sure if it was a threat/aggression display or meant to entice a mate away!


I have a video too of the " standing dance".

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on May 31, 2021
Submitted on May 31, 2021

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