Oriental Magpie-robin Copsychus saularis
Male Oriental Magpie-robin, Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

March / April 2008

The Oriental Magpie-robin is distributed from north-east Pakistan across to southern and eastern China and south throughout India, Sri Lanka to Indonesia and the Philippines.

Male Oriental Magpie-robin, Tashigang, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image It is found in a wide variety of forest and open habitats.

The male has black upperparts, head and breast. The wings are black with white bands. Underparts are white. The female, seen here in photo 3, has slate-grey replacing the black except on the wings.
Female Oriental Magpie-robin, Tashigang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It forages mainly on the ground for insects, larvae, worms and small invertebrates and it is often seen with the tail cocked or pumping up and down and the wings slightly drooped as in photo 1.

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