Species Details

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Rufous Treepie Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Dendrocitta vagabunda
Family : Corvidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Indian Treepie
Habitat : Open forests, forest edges, well-wooded areas, gardens, villages and roadside plantations.
Description : Rufous Treepie is a rufous-brown and grey bird with a long tail.It looks rufous brown from above and fulvous-buff from below.It has a uniform dark slaty-grey head,orange-brown to brownish red irises,stout dusky plumbeous bill,legs and feet.Both sexes look alike and the juvenile has a browner head along with pale buffish tips to the tail. This species can be commonly found in a variety of habitats including open scrub, agricultural areas, forests, and urban gardens. Primarily dwelling in trees, the rufous treepie is an omnivorous bird that feeds on fruits, nectar, seeds, invertebrates, small reptiles, and the eggs and young of birds. It has also been observed to scavenge flesh from recently killed carcasses. In Bengal breeding season occurring in April and May. During this time, there is increased pineal gland activity and serotonin production. The bird constructs its shallow nest in trees or bushes and typically lays 3 to 5 eggs.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Dilip KG(www.xeno-canto.org/Dilip KG), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.