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Indian Robin (f)
Indian Robin (f)

 

Was lucky to spend one afternoon shooting these swifties hopping on the lush green grass in the basking sun of Ranathambhore. Could manage to lay flat for some time making them comfortable of my presence to get such full frame shots. Indeed it was a treat and worth sweating for such shots.

The Indian Robin is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. They are commonly found in open scrub areas and often seen running along the ground or perching on low thorny shrubs and rocks. Their long tails are held erect and their chestnut under tail covert and dark body makes them easily distinguishable.

They are sexually dimorphic in plumage. The males have chestnut under tail coverts and these are visible as the bird usually holds the 6–8 cm long tail raised upright. The females are brownish above, have no white shoulder stripe and are greyish below with the vent a paler shade of chestnut than the males. Juvenile birds are much like females but the throat is mottled.

This bird is found in open stony, grassy and scrub forest habitats. They are mainly found in dry habitats and are mostly absent from the thicker forest regions and high rainfall areas. All populations are resident and non-migratory. The species is often found close to human habitation and will frequently perch on rooftops.

They feed mostly on insects but are known to take frogs and lizards especially when feeding young at the nest. Individuals may forage late in the evening to capture insects attracted to lights.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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