Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On the Occurence of Grey Treepie in Similipal Tiger Reserve

In Similipal, on multiple occasions, we have come across Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae), the closest cousin of our backyard chap, Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda). 
  •  Mostly we have seen them foraging in the forested areas which is basically a Miscellaneous type and not dominated by the Sal (Shorea robusta) species.  
  • Only exceptions are the stunted Sal vegetation of Patbil, Devasthali, Dhudram (especially around Dhudram nala) and Tinadiha where individuals are normally seen flocking from one tree to other. 
  • The other areas where they are commonly observed are Nekdanacha & Tarinivila area of Upper Barhakamuda. 
  • We have also photographed ( the individual below) them on the ascent of Jamunadanda ridge.
  • Out of 6 occasions, on 4 occasions we had seen them in groups of 3-4 individuals
  • Very restless and flush out rapidly on closer approach.
  • Commonly known as Himalayan Treepie, the specie has a small population residing in the Eastern Ghats ( mostly in the forested tracts of Odisha) apart from the larger population that is resident of the lower Himalayan forests.

Black dots indicate ( a tentative estimation of the locations and is not based on GPS reading) the locations where the species have been photo-documented.

Source Map: 

Ali, Salim & Ripley, S Dillon ; Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan; OUP 1972/1987