The Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) is one of the most familiar birds around the house in Karimannoor.
They are extremely vocal and are known for their songs. They were once popular cage birds.
While the male (pictured here) has black upper parts with white below, the female is more grey and greyish white. The male appears to be more bold and is therefore more visible.
When not seen, its presence is notified by a screeching call.
They are often active late into dusk, hopping along the ground even when the light has faded, catching insects that have started the night early!
They are good imitators of other bird’s calls.