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Oriental Magpie Robin (male)

Copsychus saularis


These chirpy songbirds are dimorphic. The male is jet black and white. The female a more washed-out black and white. Their colour is much like that of a washed out, faded old-fashioned umbrella.


Urban residential. Sitting on electrical wire.


Bold and will approach quite close without hesitation. Loves to bathe. Sings sweetly but also has a harsher sound. You can see both here:

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 8, 2020
Submitted on Nov 8, 2020

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