This morning, I went with Savithri Singh, her son Kartik and his friend Karuna, Brinda, and Sharmila, to Nandi Hills.
Though it certainly didn’t rain birds, we saw enough to keep us quite happy, and one of the highlights of the outing was the
that flew about, delighting us.
I wanted to find the difference between the Red-breasted and the Red-throated Flycatcher, and I read that the Red-breasted Flycatcher is Ficedula parva ," is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It breeds in eastern Europe and across central Asia and is migratory, wintering in south Asia:.... and "the Asian species, Ficedula albicilla, previously considered a subspecies of the red-breasted flycatcher, has the red throat surrounded by grey and a different song. It is usually now separated as the Taiga flycatcher."
Why Taiga? Because...this bird goes to breed in Poland! However, one disturbing fact is that
"Studies on their spring arrivals to the breeding quarters in Poland from 1973–2002 show that males are returning earlier with increasing temperatures."
They are found mainly deciduous woodlands, especially near water. They build an open nest in a tree hole or similar recess. 4–7 eggs are laid.
about the Taiga Flycatcher has this to say:
"In winter they are mostly silent but have a typical chip-chip-chr-rrr flycatcher call. In their breeding season, the song consists of melodious whistles, like that of the European pied flycatcher."
Well, this one was calling or singing…so the female could not have been far off.
Here’s a video I took, to record the call of the bird:
For other photos from the outing, click on my FB album
Whether it caught flies or not…this bird certainly caught…our attention!