Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus)

The Indian Robin is widespread across the subcontinent, with its Southern species more black than its ‘browner’ Northern species. They are commonly found in open scrub areas and often seen running along the ground or perching on low thorny shrubs and rocks. The long tail is usually held up and the chestnut undertail coverts and dark body make them easily distinguishable.

Robins are residents and migratory and are found in open scrub and close to human habitations, often perched on rooftops in villages and farm houses.

They feed on insects, frogs and lizards, and are experts in catching insects late in the evening attracted to light.

They breed from March to September. Males sing during the breeding season and display by lowering and spreading their tail feathers and strutting around the female. The songs of males have variants for inviting mates. Both males and females feed their young and reuse their nests.

Indian Robins are very interesting to watch and photograph as they have a beautiful song and are unafraid of humans nearby.

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