Showing posts with label Treepie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Treepie. Show all posts

The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta formosae)

Grey Treepie, Himalayan Treepie
The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie

The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta formosae)


This is second Treepie whom I captured through my camera. Earlier it was Rufous Treepiea Specie of Treepie from the plains. In India, we can find many geographically different regions; therefore, we see differences in birds too.

The Himalayan ranges cross through the Northern and Eastern part of India; therefore, we find here many Himalayan birds. Grey Treepie is one of such bird which is also known as Himalayan Treepie. Unlike Rufous Treepie, these birds don't have a melodious voice and they look silent in nature.

Grey Treepie, Back
Grey Treepie from Back

Like Rufous Treepie, Grey Treepie is also a bird of the crow family. These birds are found in the all geographical areas from foothills to higher peaks of Himalaya. Grey Treepie is basically an Asian Treepie.

These birds are found from Northern India to Taiwan, including countries like China, Nepal, Myanmar.  There are also some subspecies of Grey Treepie and we can find slight variations in its size and color from place to place.

Grey Treepie, Top
Grey Treepie on Tree Top

It is common to find Grey Treepie on the Tree Tops or in the fields in search of insects.

Grey Treepie, Fields
Grey Treepie in Fields

Grey Treepie is separated from the other Treepie birds by its overall Grey Color of the body. One other way to identify this bird is a to check a small white patch on the wings.

Unlike, Rufous Treepie it is slightly difficult to see these birds because they work silently and due to grey color, they mix very well in the environment.

Grey Treepie,
Grey Treepie

Grey Treepie mainly eat insects, though they also enjoy berries, fruits, grains and reptiles. They breed between months of May to July.

The good news is that these birds are also in the least concern category as per the threat to birds.

Grey Treepie
Grey Treepie

All pics by Arvind Katoch

The Rufous Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta Vagabunda) Beautiful Long Tailed Bird

Rufous Treepie, Treepie,
Rufous Treepie

The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta Vagabunda) Pictures and Detail (Beautiful Long Tailed Bird) 


The first time, I saw Rufous Treepie was when I followed its musical calls. I was sitting in my room and I heard sweet musical calls of a bird; therefore, i decided to move out and capture its pictures. 

This was my first encounter with Rufous treepie and it resulted in the picture above. The best thing, I found about this bird was its great musical calls which makes it easy for you to feel its presence.

Rufous, Treepie, Drinking Water,
Rufous Treepie Drinking Water



The Rofous Treepie is one of common bird of the crow (Corvidae) family. I mostly found this bird alone and it doesn't seem to be afraid of humans much. 

Punjab, Bird, Sweet Voice
A bird with very Sweet Voice (Rufous Treepie)


The best way to recognize Rufous Treepie is through its long tail and loud musical calls. I like their musical calls and enjoy them when one of such bird is around. However, the problem with Rufous Treepir is that it doesn't remain stable at a single place for a long time. 

Rufous Treepie, tree,
The Rufous Treepie on Tree
Sometimes, we can notice this bird in urban homes looking for insects in the electricity pipe holes. In general, they are found in agricultural lands, villages and forests. The Roufous Treepie has a white Patch on their wings. 

These birds are found throughout India, though, in Himalayan region, we find its other variety i.e. Grey Treepie
Gray Treepie, Himachal
Grey Treepie of Himachal

The sexes of Rufous Treepie are alike. They also found in Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. These birds, mainly eat fruits, seeds, insects, small reptiles etc. These birds are very adaptive and opportunistic in nature like crows. In general, we can say that their behavior is quite similar to crows. 

These birds are believed good for some cultivations because they eat the harmful insects. Rufous Treepie can come very close to human beings. 

Rufous Treepie, Home
Rufous Treepie at Home 

Rufous Treepie is one of the common home visiting birds; though, they are not very common like Crows and Myna. When they are not making musical calls, then they do their work very silently and we hardly notice them. 

Rufous Treepie, Long Tail
Ruflous Treepie Long Tail
The long Tail is characteristic of Rufous Treepie and we can find a black tip at its end. It is very interesting to see this bird from below when they fly with their wings open. 

In the picture below, you can see a Rufous Treepie looking for insects in an open hole in the pipe. 
Rufous Treepie, Insect,
Rufous Treepie looking for insects
Rufous Treepie also help many animals like deer by eating irritants from their body. In general, Rufous Treepie looks to be a very useful bird which cleans our system and sometimes entertain us with its sweet voice. 

Rufous Treepie, Behind a Tree