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Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicatus cambaiensis   - Male with prey
Indian Robin
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :GMERS Medical College Campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India
Date : 20 May 2016
English synonyms:Black-backed Robin, Brown-backed Indian Chat, Brown-backed Indian Robin, Indian Chat, Black Robin, Ceylon Black Robin, Indian Black Robin
Bird Family :Saxicolini - Robins, Nightingales, Chats, Shamas, Redstarts, Grandala, Forktails, Cochoas & Wheatears
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :We came back from our one of the trip on 18th May 2016. We saw Indian Robin pair is like super busy in feeding very impatient nestlings. They were feeding the chicks throughout the morning. Prey consists of chiefly baby lizards, caterpillar, termites, insects and their larva. It catches the prey mainly from the ground. Sometimes they forage late in the evening to capture insects attracted to streetlights. Robin is very energetic bird, when calling head held stiffly high, tail held erect which reveal chestnut undertail covert: it is normal poise. Their typical habit is to keep hopping on the ground while looking for insects with continuously twitching tail. They started to sing a chee...chee...chee song from early mornings. Particularly male is used to perch on top branch of tree and sing in its all the free time. They came with prey together and feed chicks turn by turn. While one of the parent go inside the nest other is watch out carefully like security guard. They feed chicks almost 4 to 5 times in an hour. They also remove fecal sack regularly. Feeding continues for some more days. At last, when we came back from our summer vacation on 25th May 2016 nest is vacant. We observe pair of Indian Robin feeding their chicks in nearby bushes. All the chicks look like female Robin. VP&PM