Classified as a Sit-and-wait predator - the Verditer Flycatcher is a beautiful bird. Once again a fairly common bird at the foot hills of Himalays, and South India, where I came across this bird. The problem with catching this bird on camera is only one. It has a dark lores (the eye band) and the eye just does not stand out in the photographs making you to get mad, mad and mad... But then sometimes you do strike gold when the bird is in good sunlight and you do not have to photoshop it to show off your bird...
The range of this bird is huge... it covers almost the entire India baring some areas in central India and Western India, South China and all the way down to Indonesia. Though the BirdLife says that the exact number of the birds are not know and even in the area within the range the bird distribution is fragmented. If at all they say that the bird populations are stable.
Even in the places it regularly disappears - giving me a feeling that the bird movements even if not classified as migration is there - probably based on weather or food.
|Verditer Flycatcher: the beauty !!|
Coming back to the bird - this is a Old World Flycatcher - but slightly off the normal habits of a flycatcher. It has a habit of catching its prey mostly at the top canopy often sitting on tall poles, high trees. Most of the other flycatchers I have come across are generally at the lower canopy of the forest with them often perching under cover and in bushes.
|Another beauty that decided to pose...|
Like most of the birds the males are more brighter and females slightly duller with only a faint black lores.