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:

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

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  2. Such a pretty little thing.

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  3. 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!

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

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

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

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  7. Indeed a lovely little bird Stewart and thanks for hosting.

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

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

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  10. 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.:)

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  11. They couldn't get chickadee in the name?

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  12. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. Lovely... Are you in India Stewart ?

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  21. 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!

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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

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

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