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28 July 2005 @ 10:15 pm
Looks decieve?  
So what do you think about the bird in this picture? Cute little bird that eats fruits? insects? seeds?

The bird in the picture is a Long-tailed Shrike. It's a songbird all right belonging to the order PASSERIFORMES (which includes cuckoos, magpies and other greats singers of the forest). However, shrikes have another name; they sometimes called butcher birds. Why? Well, this seemingly small bird will store it's prey, like a butcher, on hooks, thorns or whatever it can find. And believe it or not, their prey ranges from anything to insects to small rodents to even small birds! It does this because it lacks the strong talons that raptors are blessed with and though it may seem violent to those who see, it's still an intelligent bird trying to make use of the resources.

riotofreasonsriotofreasons on July 29th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow !
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 29th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
Birds can be very clever. On TV I had seen some bird that has a nest that is fully covered and has a trap door at the bottom. It enters, and then amazingly, closes the door. I am sure you will know what bird, since I sure as hell don't.

And thanks for this info you give, I hadn't heard this anywere else. Heh! Imagine hanging up the kill;-)
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on July 29th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Is it the weaver bird?
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 29th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
But doesn't the weaver bird have a opening without a door at the bottom of the nest?
Yathinyathin on July 29th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Nopes. I dont think so ... there's just one entry point which is an exit as well.
Yathinyathin on July 29th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
Hmm ... I don't know which bird would do that. I've not heard about this behaviour even ... maybe it's not found in our parts. But, nice topic to do some research on this weekend! :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 29th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
It wasn't an Indian documentary, maybe it was in Africa. I am not sure now, since I saw it so long ago. But it was so stunning, the bird gets in, and then either with its beak or with its claws, mostly claws I think, retracts the door back into closed position. This effectively keeps it very safe from predators.
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on July 29th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Quite an intelligent bird. Are there other kinds of Shrikes?? If yes, do they also behave in this same manner?
Yathinyathin on July 29th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Yep, various species of shrikes are found in many parts of the world. And as far as I know, all of them have the same behaviour.
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on July 29th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
I have seen them stocking up a thorn ladder with killed calotes and eating them over a period of couple days in Summer. Another pic of the same bird http://nagpurbirds.org/image/186
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 29th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
What is a calote?

PS: Yathin that delete that previous anon comment, which came from me in error.
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on July 29th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
This http://tariquesani.net/image/684 , Also known as the Garden lizard :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 29th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Thanks and you have an awesome site:-)

It almost looks like a chamaleon .
bluesmuse on July 30th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
the bird
Hey! I think the bird is very pretty and an enterprising one too! Looks do decieve in this case!
Anyways I think many birds store food in different places, I've seen many do so. This summer, I saw a crow hide a piece of mango in a hibiscus(shoe-flower) plant. It pushed the piece of mango in nodal area between two brances and the stem. This was quite clever as the nodal region is quite deep and not easily visible in an extensively branced plant such as the hibiscus. It then rubbed its beak on the two brances, marking it, I suppose and flew off!
Cool isn't it!!! :)
Yathinyathin on July 30th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: the bird
The raven is known to be the world's most intelligent bird! It's cousins - the crows are very intelligent as we've all seen. Even in the case of crows and ravens, looks decieve, don't they? People who don't know about them would maybe think of them to as stupid birds! :)
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Yathinyathin on August 11th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Nopes. Had not seen that. Thanks for the link, was a pretty interesting read. I've never heard of Praying Mantis preying on birds down in South India at least. Maybe it's a good thing to investigate.