The Rufous Tree-pie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is among the noisiest of the birds found in Karimannoor. It is a member of the crow family, and has a wide distribution across India.
It is an arboreal species, feeding mostly among the tree tops where it is very agile. It is commonly found in mixed hunting parties with Drongos, Orioles and Babblers. They are omnivorous and will feed on a wide variety of food ranging from fruit and seeds to insects, reptiles and even young birds.
In Kerala, these birds are called the “Olanjaali” refering to its common occurrence on coconut trees. They are beneficial to the trees as they feed on the grubs of the destructive weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus.