Andaman Treepie (Dendrocitta bayleyi)

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I did a previous post on this rare bird but I have found new information, so let’s read about it again, shall we?

According to the IUCN 3.1 Red List, the Andaman Treepie is nearly threatened. It is endemic to the Andaman Islands in India. Since the Andaman Treepie lives within a very limited habitat, it is in danger of extinction due to habitat loss. The IUCN explained further,

Dendrocitta bayleyi is endemic to the Andaman archipelago, India, where it is usually found in pairs or parties of up to 20 birds, or in mixed flocks in tall trees in dense broadleaved evergreen forest. It is uncommon to locally fairly common and while habitat on the Andamans remains relatively intact it is probably secure. However, indications that an increase in human populations and habitat loss is occurring in the archipelago suggest that within the small range of this species natural habitats might rapidly shrink and become fragmented.

It is unfortunate that one of the corvidae family is nearing extinction due to loss of habitat. Can there be no uninhabited places on this Earth? Can we not leave room for the other species?

(BirdLife International 2008. Dendrocitta bayleyi. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. . Downloaded on 02 August 2010.)

Black-faced Treepie

In a bush !

Originally uploaded by H G M

The Black-faced or Black-browed Treepie (Dendrocitta frontalis) is an Asian treepie, a small perching bird of the Corvidae (crow) family.

This bird is slightly smaller than a Blue Jay and has the typical compact body and long tail of this group. The forehead, face and bib are black with the chest, neck and shoulders a light silvery or bluish-grey in colour. The back is a warm chestnut brown with similar underparts. The wing coverts are white with the primaries and tail black.

It inhabits a broad band (though often very localised) from the north eastern Indian Himalayas, Nepal and across into Burma (Myanmar) in hill forests often at quite high elevations.

It feeds mainly on invertebrates of various types, and hawks for termites in flight; it also eats fruits and berries. It probably takes similar overall food types as the other treepies.

The nest is a small, neat structure often placed in bamboo clumps, small trees or bushes at the edge of a clearing. There are usually 3-5 eggs laid.

The voice is described as varied but contains metallic notes as well as the chatter alarm call sounding similar to the other species.


Grey Treepie

live on wire

Originally uploaded by Shenghung Lin

The Grey Treepie, also known as the Himalayan Treepie, (Dendrocitta formosae) is an Asian treepie, a medium sized perching bird of the Corvidae (crow) family.

It is about the size of the Eurasian Jay or slightly smaller with a jet black stripe above the eyes and a sooty black face. The rest of the neck and breast is a sooty grey becoming paler towards the lower belly and rump and the top of the head and nape are silvery-grey. The wing primaries are black with a white spot near the base at the wing coverts, and the tail is relatively short and also black, as are bill, legs and feet.

This bird covers quite a large geographical area and consequently has several recognised regional forms that differ slightly from one another for instance in colour and tail length.

It ranges from north eastern India, Nepal, Assam, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, southern China, Taiwan (to which the nominate subspecies is endemic to) and Indochina. Forests and wooded hills or mountains are its usual haunt, and it is quite often found in areas of hill terrace cultivation.

This treepie is mostly an arboreal feeder but will take some food from the ground especially in cultivated regions. A wide range of insects and other invertebrates are taken including berries, nectar, grain and other seeds and also small reptiles, eggs and nestlings. It sometimes travels in feeding parties with Laughingthrushes (Garrulax species).

The nest is quite shallow and lightly built in trees and bushes or clumps of bamboo with 3-4 eggs per clutch.

The voice is described as harsh and grating, but like other species is quite varied and includes a grating k-r-r-r-r sound as well as more melodious notes.