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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Indian Robin like our robin in some ways

Indian Robin male photo from Wikimedia Commons
I enjoy listening and watching the robins in the spring in mid-Michigan. Early British settlers named our American Robin after the tinier European Robin they left behind.

The name robin is also applied to a dozen other chats, as well as to a few other related species, notably the Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata), a black and brown bird with a white shoulder patch and reddish buns instead of a red breast on the male. The female is a dusty brown all over but also has pale reddish feathers under the tale.

Indian Robin female photo from Wikimedia Commons
The Indian Robin like our robin is often found close to human habitation and will perch frequently on rooftops in the Indian Subcontinent, and ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

They like open stony, grassy and scrub forest habitats and feed mostly on insects.

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