Saturday, 11 August 2012

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta

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The Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, (Alcippe poioicephala) is also known as the Brown-cheeked Alcippe and was formerly referred to as the Quaker babbler.

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It is a resident breeder in India, generally found in the undergrowth in moist forests and scrub jungle. It is a dull coloured bird characterised by brown above, a greyish cap, dark cheeks, a whitish throat and a short dark beak.

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They generally feed on insects and nectar but here, they can be seen feeding on berries. Usually occur in groups of 6-10 birds. They are generally hard to sight due to their preference for the undergrowth but can be heard due to their characteristic song:



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They breed in between Jan-June. Nests are placed in forks in branches and is cup shaped. Two or three eggs are laid.

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Sighting Information:

Location:

.Agumbe, Karnataka

Date:

23rd June 2012

Time:

1:00 PM

Weather:

Cloudy with interspersed rain

Other Details:

Several individuals seen together in a mixed foraging group along with White-bellied tree pies and Grey-headed bulbuls.


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