This very communicative Rufous Treepie was photographed deep in the Tiger Forests of Northern India.
The Crow and the Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) belong to the same family Corvidae. Sounds a bit like Mafia , what with Family etc.
This highly intelligent bird looks like a hooded bandit and speaks several languages ( has numerous calls) .
Perched in the trees the hooded bandit keenly looks out for all who cross its land.
As the light improves I realize why it is called Rufous ( due to the tanned colour) .
Do note the trees have shed all their leaves.
This bold Treepie perches itself on the Safari Jeep and insists on having a look in our bags.
It is indeed a hooded bandit.
Clinging onto the rubber trims of the windows it calls, no demands , for FOOD.
This is actually a result of undesirable actions by tourists who visit the National Tiger Parks. Please refrain from feeding these birds.
The Rufous Treepie is native to the Indian Subcontinent and even visits my home in New Delhi.
However this hooded bandit was exceptional and have yet to meet one as TALKATIVE and DEMANDING.