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.

Now see my clothes
                                                               Now see my clothes

This bold Treepie perches itself on the Safari Jeep and insists on having a look in our bags.

It is indeed a hooded bandit.

Show me the pictures
                                                                  Show me the goodies

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.

Take a close up
                                                               Take a close up

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.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

12 thoughts on “THE HOODED BANDIT”

  1. They are beautiful! there were a few in Garia, seen them and they are really brave and curious, i remember one of them brazenly staring inside my windows and watching my cats keenly for more than fifteen minutes, it downright ignored the ones sitting under and contemplating it for lunch,

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  2. Hey Mukul! Absolutely spellbound by your blog! In Bengal we call these birds Harichacha! We have a huge group of them in our wildish garden. And they are forever coming into the house in search of food! 🙂

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      1. Banaras Hindu University………its in varanasi…. UP, and i am also one of those people who want to show indians what they really have and what they are losing…. the beautiful wildlife of INDIA…..


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