Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 251 - Oriental Magpie Robin

Still in India this week and still at Sultanpur National Park.  This week's bird is an Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis).

I good if a little distant views of this rather wonderful little bird - apart from the fact that it was feeding near the floor, this bird reminded me of Pied Flycatchers - and a little research showed that they were in the same family.

This is a common and widespread bird in India - and I take this individual to be a female as it is not as glossy blue/black as the males seem to be.  I have just found out that this bird is 'one of India's finest songsters', so its a bit of a shame I did not hear it sing.





I can't help myself when a bird has a name like this - because it is neither a robin or magpie!

As ever, to join in with WBW click the blue button below the thumbnails.  SM

25 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

This is a beauty!!! It's definitely a bird I'm hoping to see.

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

Such a pretty little thing.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice plumage pattern on this little bird. Our robins in the US aren't Robins either, our Green Heron never look very green to me, and the Ring-necked Ducks do not show much of a ring, but we get by!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a wonderful little bird! Cute shots of the Robin. Thanks for hosting, enjoy your day!

Sharon Wagner said...

You must be having a great photo adventure in India. Or maybe you're working? Either way, lots of new birds I'm sure.

NatureFootstep said...

the bird is cute but the name ie weird. Magpie Robin??

Margaret Adamson said...

Indeed a lovely little bird Stewart and thanks for hosting.

Nora said...

That is an unusual bird Stewart, looks so small and not like our Robin at all.

David said...

It reminds me of one of our warblies!...maybe a male Black-throated Blue...

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart,:) It is a shame you didn't hear it sing, but what a wonderful find. The robin is a darling little bird, and you got some lovely shots of her.:)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They couldn't get chickadee in the name?

Andrea Priebe said...

She doesn't look like a Robin or a Magpie, so what gives? A beautiful little bird for sure and maybe you did hear the song (If they are as common as you said) and didn't realize that was what you were hearing. I do hope you get to go back to this preserve some day. It seems to have been prolific ... a dream come true for a birder :) Have to run ... today is Raptor day for me. I am going every Wednesday now to Springbrook where they have moved some of our birds. That is the place where I was taught how to work with the Raptors and it feels good to be back. Have a great week, Stewart :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Lea said...

A very pretty little bird!
Hope you are having a great week

Missy George said...

It looks smaller than either of those birds..Pretty though..Hope you are having a good week.

A Colorful World said...

What a beautiful little bird! Great photos. Yep, it has a really odd name! :-)

Mosura said...

Nice one. I can see why it may remind someone of a robin but I'm confused by the magpie bit :-)

Lee said...

A sweet, dainty little bird. In the words of Jackie Gleason - "How sweet it is!"

Linda said...

It's a cute bird even if the name is all wrong.

Christian Perrin said...

Lovely little bird, Stewart! Hope you have a fantastic time in India!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely... Are you in India Stewart ?

Patti said...

You're right, the name doesn't seem to fit the bird at all, but it is a cutie! Too bad you didn't get to hear it sing. Thanks for hosting!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a beautiful little bird -- so small and round and perfect, it almost looks too cute to be real! Weird to have such a strange name. Thank you so much for hosting; sorry to be so late in commenting ... I was on my way out the door when it was time to link -- I read your post but didn't have time to comment at that time and almost forgot to come back.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a lovely little bird - whatever the name, it is still a sweet bird. The photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing - I do love to see different birds from around the world.

David Gascoigne said...

I am glad that you find time to squeeze in a little birding.

Pat Tillett said...

It's a cute little bird. Nice of him to pose a bit for you...
Great photos Stewart.