Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike (Hemipus picatus)

An uncommon breeding resident inhabiting forest and well wooded areas of all climatic zones. But much common in the hills and  more or less restricted to the riverine forests in the dry zone.  It keeps in pairs or groups and often goes with 'Bird waves' of many species. Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike feeds on insects in the canopy. It frequently darting out like 'Flycatchers'  from its perch to catch flying insects. The breeding season lasts from March to May. The nest is a shallow cup made out of fibres, cobwebs, etc., well camouflages outside with fragments of bark, lichens etc. and places on the upper side of a branch high in the canopy. 

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