Scientific Name: Saxicola caprata Common Name: Pied Bushchat
Identifying Features: male is black with white wing patch and lower belly, female is brown and slightly streaked, black bill, black legs
- Males sing from prominent perches. A study suggests that males use dawn chorus to mediate social relationships with neighbouring males to proclaim an established territory.
- Among the Toda people in the Nilgiris, it is a bird of omen and the origin of its white wing patches is described in a story.
- The Kalam people of Papua New Guinea consider the birds as messengers.
This image was clicked by Chandrasekaran Arumugam – via Flickr.
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