Monday, 18 November 2013

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike - Hemipus Picatus

Spotting a Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike was one thing, photographing the bird was another! This bird belongs to the small bird category, and hardly sits tight at one location. The bird can be seen in forests of India; usually hunting at mid-canopy of forests with other birds. This bird is insectivorous; fly around to glean insects.
The Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike is a combination of Black and White colors; the body being White with Black head and upper parts, and the wings have a splash of White. The male bird is shiny Black; whereas the female bird is  greyish brown. The breeding season is from March to May in India. The birds build cup-like nests on dead branches or tip of branches. Both parents incubate the eggs.
Forest degradation has decreased the population of these birds. It's time we proactively planted more trees and safeguarded our forests. 

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike sighted at forests of Coorg, Karnataka

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