Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Basking Babbler

Demalichcha /Yellow Billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis taprobanus) is a common resident bird mostly seen in home gardens and also in many other habitats but usually avoiding deep wet forest. It frequents in flocks thus the name "seven sisters". They make a huge racket of loud calls, quills and other noices when foraging for food and sometimes quarrelling with a rival group.

Demalichcha is one of the most frequent visitors to my home garden located in a costal town. They usually arrive around eight in the morning in a flock of about 15 - 20 birds. I can never ignore them even if I wanted to, because they make sure I am woken up from my Sunday morning slumber. One curious observation I have made is that there are many other kinds of birds that accompany this flock such as the Woodpecker, Brown headed barbet, Kingfisher and Black hooded oriole. They move along with the Babbler flock from one garden to another (till an irritable dog decides to break the happy gathering). Could anyone explain this phenomenon ?