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The Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata)


The Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata)
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Copyright: Muzaffar Bukhari (mbukhari_prm) (20)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM, 72mm UV
Exposure: 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 6:40
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The Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata), is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae. It, and similar small species, are often called chats.

The Indian Robin is an insectivorous species which is a resident breeder in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. It is found in scrub jungle and other open habitats including around habitation. It nests in a hole in a wall, tree-stump or bank, laying 2-3 creamy white eggs on a pad of grass lined with feathers or hair. Only the female incubates the eggs.

This is a common and tame bird. It is terrestrial, hopping along the ground with cocked tail. The male sings a few melodic notes during courtship.

Size: This species is 19cm long, including the long cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the smaller European Robin, but is longer-tailed.

Field Identification: Graduated black tail, which is frequently held cocked and reddish vent and undertail-coverts. Adult male has glossy black under parts and white shoulder patch. Female has greyish-brown upper parts and purer grey under parts and lacks white shoulder patch.

Habitat : Dry, stony areas with sparse scrub, arid stony ridges, cultivation, deserted buildings.

Food: Insects.

Breeding: December-September

Scientific classification:

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Muscicapidae
Genus:Saxicoloides Lesson, 1832
Species:S. fulicata

PHOTO TAKEN AT GUJRANWALA on the same day, when my camera was robbed by two local robbers in a suburban village.


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