India – the Rufous Treepie, Dendrocitta vagabunda

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A beautiful bird, also called the “Tiger’s toothpick” for it’s unusual (and invented?) habit of cleaning a tiger’s teeth after a kill. Not very probable, if you ask me (and some savvy webbers I found while researching for this post). Our guide in India told us that it’s name probably comes from the fact that the bird has similar colours to a tiger and that it can be found eating lftovers from kills. It’s a very opportunistic bird, eating basically anything. 

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catching a ride on our tour

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foraging

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quite pretty, aren’t they?

 

All these photos were taken by me on our three-day tour of Ranthambore, in India. Before I had my reflex.

It’s calls are nice, too: a fun gurgling sound that isn’t as cacophonous as some parrots I know.

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