The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family. It is long tailed and has loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. It is found commonly in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. Like other corvids it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding.
The sexes are alike and the main colour of the body is cinnamon with a black head and the long graduated tail is bluish grey and is tipped in black. The wing has a white patch. The only confusable species is the Grey Treepie which however lacks the bright rufous mantle. The bill is stout with a hooked tip. The underparts and lower back are a warm tawny-brown to orange-brown in colour with white wing coverts and black primaries. The bill, legs and feet are black.
The widespread populations show variations and several subspecies are recognized. The nominate subspecies is found in the northeastern part of peninsular India south to Hyderabad. The desert form is paler and called pallida, vernayi of the Eastern Ghats is brighter while parvula of the Western Ghats is smaller in size. The form in Afghanistan and Pakistan is bristoli while the form in southern Thailand is saturatior. E C Stuart Baker describes sclateri from the upper Chindwin to the Chin Hills and kinneari from souther Myanmar and northwest Thailand. The population in eastern Thailand an Indochina is sakeratensis.
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chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-08 9:03
a spectacular portrait of the little rufous treepie…you caught in the most fascinating position you could..the great focus on it establishes it's position!..the blur background is also made beautifully , leaving the sharp details only on the main theme…very good work!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-03-09 3:19
great shot... splendid...
great DOF & POV....
very lucky composition...
amaresh (0) 2012-03-30 0:13
Mind blowing capture. great job.
- Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) (1053)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-06
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon 40D, 400mm F5.6L
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-08 7:45