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ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN

Copsychus saularis

Description:

The oriental magpie-robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered an Old World flycatcher. They are distinctive black and white birds with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously. Occurring across most of the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia, they are common birds in urban gardens as well as forests. They are particularly well known for their songs and were once popular as cagebirds. The oriental magpie-robin is the national bird of Bangladesh. The bird in the picture is a female. male has rich dark blue (looks like black) and sparkling white. will be posting a picture of the male bird in the near future.

Habitat:

This magpie-robin is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, interior India, Sri Lanka and eastern Pakistan east to Indonesia, The oriental magpie-robin is found in open woodland and cultivated areas often close to human habitations.

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Dhilip
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Dhilip

North Central, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Dec 21, 2016
Submitted on Dec 21, 2016

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