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Sterling Kodai Valley resorts

Owner George Kuriakose Basil

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    Details: The Long Tailed Shrike is one of the 3 species of Shrikes found in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district. Kodaikanal is a very good spot for finding these birds. The Long Tailed Shrike has a very colourful plumage. It has the trademark burglar eye mask which is black. They have a white neck and underbelly. Their vent is orange and their tail is long with black colour in the back and white colour in the front. They are quite attractive and prefer open habitats across South and Southeast Asia as well as a few parts of East Asia where they can be found in open tea estates and electric wires at altitudes more than 1000 m above sea level in Tamil Nadu. They are like other shrikes and mainly eat insects and frogs. They perch on a pole or an electric line cable and dive or glide towards its catch when it is spotted. They come to another perch or the same perch and feast on the meal. This bird can be easily identified in flight as well with it's magnificent range of colours which is quite similar to the Bay Backed Shrike. The breed mainly during the summer season and their nest is made on a tree. They lay 3 to 5 eggs and they are good targets for brood parasitism. They are quite intelligent and are also quite bold and come very close to humans. These birds are classified Least Concern by the IUCN. They have a variety of subspecies which has some differences form each other in plumage The Long Tailed Shrike I saw on Feb 30th was perched on the poles present in between the fence of the Sterling Kodai Valley Resort. I first spotted the bird on a tree and when I came closer it flew away. Later It came back and gave me some nice pics.

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    Details: The House Sparrow is a widely distributed small passerine bird found throughout Europe , Asia and has been introduced to the Americas and many other parts of the globe. These birds are mainly residents and the most common bird in Kodai. These birds can be found in small flocks of up to 10 birds in each nook and corner of the city. They are commonly seen inside houses and have been also noted utilizing urban life by coming close to street venders who feed them with kindness. These birds are sexually dimorphic with the male having a black bill reddish brown back and whitish underbelly. The female is light brown in colour with a cream colour underbelly. These birds eat insets, small amphibians, grains etc. They are very opportunistic and are not picky eaters especially in Urban areas.
    They breed by making nests on Windowsills and eaves of houses , offices, workshops etc. They also nest on tree holes and also inside sloppy corners of houses and barns. They are passerines who lay upto seven eggs in a breeding season. Both parents feed the chicks. They are considered to be a pest in many regions and birds like Shikras, Eurasian Sparrowhawks etc feast on them as well.

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