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The Common Iora

The Common Iora
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 6:24
Viewed: 4525
Points: 46
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A shot from my archive..

Common Iora
Aegithina tiphia

Passeriforme Order – Aegithinidae family

Length: 13-17cm
Weight: 13,5 gr

Common Iora is a small bird living high up in the canopy.

Adult male in breeding plumage has dark green to black upperparts. Wings are black with white wing bars. Tail is blackish. Rump is greenish.
Underparts are bright yellow, with larger white feathers on flanks.
Breeding male has black crown, but face is bright yellow.
Pointed bill is blue-grey. Eyes are black. Legs and feet are slate blue-grey.

Non breeding male has greenish upperparts, almost as female. This one has also greenish upperparts and dull yellow underparts, forehead and eyebrow, and olive-green crown. Wings are grey-black.

Common Iora can produce a variety of notes. It utters some mournful whistles. Most classical call is a whistled note, slightly quavering, or several notes ending with a sudden modulation “whiiiiii-tiu” or tui-tiii-tiu”. It utters variable chirrs and chattering. Song is a trill “wheeeee-tee”.

Common Iora lives in forests and well wooded areas, scrubs, cultivated areas and gardens. It avoids deep forests.

Common Iora lives in India to SW China, and Southeast Asia.

Common Iora feeds mainly on insects, searching for them from leaves high in the canopy. It may sometimes hanging upside down from branches. It catches insects on the wing. It feeds in pairs or in small groups. It is a very active bird.

Common Iora has spectacular courtship displays. Male performs acrobatic flights. It darts up into the air, at about one or two metres, and fluffs its rump feathers, and the long white flank feathers. Then, it spirals down to its perch where it spreads its tail as a fan, and drops its wings. During these displays, male utters soft, mournful whistles, or alternatively, a continuous chirrup.
Common Iora is monogamous.

It tends to stay up in high trees, but also in edges of bushes, hedges and paths. It is relatively difficult to see it.
Outside breeding season, Common Iora travels in pairs or small groups, hunting insects on the wing, and uttering contact calls through frequent sounds.

Common Iora performs acrobatic flight displays, darting up and spiralling down to a perch.

Common Iora’s nest is usually situated in a fork, at the end of a branch, in small tree.
Nest is a loose, deep cup, made with grass and plant fibres woven together, and consolidated with silk of spider webs on the external side.
Female lays 2 to 4 greenish-white eggs, blotched and spotted with reddish-brown.
Any other information is available about the nesting behaviour of this species.

Common Iora feeds mainly on insects such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, dragonflies and mantises. It also consumes spiders and small insects, fruit, berries and nectar.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-07 6:29]

Hi Goldy,
This composition is very lovely with Common Iora ...
A nice capture on the branch of a tree.Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Best wishes,

Ciao Goldy, lovely bird in nice pose on a wonderful natural ambientation, splendid sharpness, good colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Put this one in your top drawer. You did super in mixed light! Also super on the depth of field. Not a typical Goldy shot.

Ciao Goldy. Very good detail and colours for this bird into the wild environment. Interesting compo.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-07 7:27]

A fine capture of a little green dodger Goldy!
I have tried several times to photograph the Common Iora but have not succeeded as well as this!
The lateral POV, sharpness and colours are excellent to make this a fine portrait taken with your S2 IS. Nice composition in the tree and lighting too.
TFS this one from your archives,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-07 8:40]

A nice one from your archive, Goldy.
Beautiful colours and fine sharpness and details. Excellent composition and DOF. Beautiful natural surroundings.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-07 9:10]

Hi Goldy,
Very nice pgoto of this small Bird, Aegithina tiphia , interesting species for me, TFS!

Hello Goldy,
Excellent capture with amazing natural colours and perfect clarity.
It is a lovely composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-07 11:31]

Hello Goldy,
Nice photo of this Common Iora. Very good sharpness, details and natural colours. Pleasing POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-07 13:33]

Hi Goldy,
Lovely capture of this Iora.I liked POV,lighting,exposure and pose of bird a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing..

Hola Goldy

Imagen de colores suaves muy agradables, perfecta composición y nitidez. Un gran POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

my dear brother Goldy
what a lovely bird and what a great capture with superb colors and great details. POV and composition very nice. thanks for sharing this beauyty. well done

Küçük kardeş Goldy,

Sevimli olmuş.. çok sevimli...
Eline sağlık.


Hi Goldy,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Common Iora. Very well composed shot with good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Dear friend, Goldy,
We had this bird in our backyard in Goa.
Your notes are detailed. Excellent job.
Your subject shows off your talent as a SUPERB photographer.
Fond regards from Canada,

Hi Goldy,

An nice capture from this beautiful bird in natural habitat.
Good of sharpness, dof and pov.
Fine colours.


Superb shot Goldy. This is amazing shot! Superb clarity on it. Whenever I had seen this bird I didn't have cam! Lets hope I get to capture this beauty in my cam soon :)

Some great details at 1/60th Goldy, good habitat shot..
Nice catch! :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-09 5:55]

Bonjour Goldy,
Une image très naturelle d'un bel oiseau qui ne nous est pas donné de voir ici. J'aime bien la manière de le montrer, très occupé et attentif et dans son élément naturel. Les couleurs sont fines aussi. Image plaisante certes,"tui-tiii-tiu”
Bonne fin de semaine

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 7:14]

Hello Goldy,
What a beautiful species you introduce me to here, as I have never seen it before. The camera work is excellent throughout giving us a sharp, colourful image to view. Great work Goldy.

Hi Goldy,

The trees are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Common Iora. The late afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-11 9:35]

Hello Goldy,
A great capture of this beautiful bird in a lovely pose. Details and colours are really beautiful with sharp focus on the eye- Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Goldy

excellent close-up photo of this bird, i love the
way it is framed by the trees, excellent focus
sharpness and details, beautiful eye-contact, TFS


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