Indian Region playing host to the abundant Avifauna, also has the most diverse species. From the Largest, in terms of height, the Sarus Crane -Grus Antigone, standing at almost Six foot to the smallest the Pale-billed Flowerpecker at just 8cms. From tip pf beak to tip of tail.
This Smallest bird of the Country is our Bird of The month.
The Tickell’s Flowerpecker (Dicaeum erythrorhyncos) – also referred to as the Pale-billed Flowerpecker – are tiny birds found in India, where they are commonly seen in gardens with fruit trees, as their main diet consists of fruits.
With their familiar click…click…. calls the tiny Olive-green colored bird, with a pale-colored beak, flitting from flower to flower in search of pollen, nectar, berries & fruits and insects are a widespread species in India.
A non-migrating bird, the flower pecker is at home in human habitations farms & large gardens, especially in places where there are berry bearing plants. It is an interesting sight to watch how a tiny bird can swallow a berry bigger than its head. It has developed its own way, of squishing the berry & swallowing the contents. Quite a smart bird.
The nesting is another interesting part of this tiny bird. The nest resembles a Sunbirds nest, a Pouch like mass pf dried bark fiber, grass blades & held together with cob-webs. A Canopied entrance at the top and lined with soft feathers plucked from its own body. The safety of the nest from predating cats & other birds of prey is taken care of by hanging these nests in thin branches of thorny trees, well-hidden from direct view. The chicks are well fed by both parents & are ready to fledge by 10 to 12 days.
Once the fledglings come out, they stick to the parents for some days to learn the skills of life and then they go their own way. During this time, when the chicks are still not wary of human or predator approach, the parents fiercely guard & protect them by making mock attacks at the intruder. Their Boldness is something to be Admired & Respected.
The small bird, until now thriving without any threats, may be very soon be facing some threats by Humans. Unfriendly gardens, Stray Domestic gone feral, indiscriminate use of pesticides are all the factors that threaten the Lovely, Loveable Smallest bird of India.
Would We want to Loose It.?
Please Respect them & Protect them.