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Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Black-winged Cuckooshrike
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-07 6:40
Viewed: 2036
Points: 44
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This is probably the another bird which is less posted or may be the first in Treknature and I am not found any Indian entry so far. I found this rare sited bird at Santiniketan during my usual birding and photography, though I am not an ornithologist it took some time to identify this rare bird, but I feel happy that I spotted this bird and photographed. As I mentioned earlier, Santiniketan is rich in its flora and fauna, you can find many birds here.

Thank you for viewing and comments.

The Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos) is a species of cuckooshrike found in South to Southeast Asia. It is distributed from Northeast Pakistan through the lower Himalayan region (Uttarakhand, Nepal, Arunachal Pradesh and into the hills of NE Myanmar continuing to China and Southeast Asia. It winters in the foothills, occasionally longer distances (e.g. Kerala).
The cuckooshrikes and allies in the Campephagidae family are small to medium-sized passerine bird species found in the subtropical and tropical Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Cuckooshrikes are closely related neither to the cuckoos nor to the shrikes; the name probably comes from the grey colour of many of the cuckooshrikes. Some of the species also bear a superficial resemblance to cuckoos, and have a similar undulating flight. The grey colouration has led to one of their other names, the greybird. In some parts of the world they have also been known as caterpillar-birds, a name derived from their diet. They are in fact thought by some to be closely related to the Old World orioles (Oriolidae), although they differ strongly in some morphological characteristics (such as skull morphology and the arrangements of feathers on the wing). Overall the cuckooshrikes are medium to small arboreal birds, generally long and slender. Cuckooshrikes are monogamous, with the pair bonds apparently lasting throughout the year.
Habitat: open forest, groves, singly or in pairs. A medium sized, dark cuckoo-shrike with unbarred, grey underparts.
• Male: dark grey above; contrasting black wings and tail. Wide white feather tips on underside of tail.
• Female: Palers with faint barring on underside.
Call: Loud twit twit to we, descending in scale.
Diet: mainly invertebrates.
Nests in tree.

Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Campephagidae Genus: Coracina Species: Coracina melaschistos

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-07 6:54]

Hello Samiran,
What a nice pose of this Cuckooshrike. Impressive eye contact.
Beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Fine choice of composition.

Hello Samiranda,
Nice spices and captured with great details and sharpness,Beautiful composition with lovely natural colours.
Best regards,

Hi Samiran,
excellent photo of the bird. Amazing natural colours. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Samiran.
Classic dorsal pov with the head turning up in this fine shot. The loose leaves are interesting under fine lighting.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-07 7:38]

Hello Samiran,
Outstanding clarity and details !I like a lot the whole composition ! TFS Tina

Lovely frame and sharp picture.Lovely sighting of this occasional bird as well...though can not be treated a rare one particularly in Eastern and North Eastern India.

Hello Samiranda,

Another great photo with excellent details, sharpness & color.. The pose of the cuckooshrike has added a nice dimension to the picture..

Warm Regards,

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2013-03-07 8:09]

Hello Samiran,
Great capture of this very beautiful bird. I like natural colors. Lovely composition, BG and everything combines a very pleasant light.
Best wishes,

Hello Samiran

Yes not so common bird, saw it only once at Corbett last year. It has an amazingly narrow and slender body. Its nice gentle glance allowed you a good composition with the tender banyan leaves and blue sky. Thanks for sharing.


Ciao Samiran, lovely composition with nice bird in great pose, good details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran,
A great capture with nice colors, details & pose. Nice presentation & POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hi Samiran,
Beautiful pose of the bird, and a spectacular composition framed so elegantly with branches and leaves. Lovely image. Also congratulations for recording this rare species, and of course for the pleasant photo.
Best regards, László

hallo Samiran
very nice picture of this bird
good detaild and very good sharpness
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Samiran Da,
Excellent picture of this Cuckooshrike.Nice natural colour and sharpness.Tender colour on leaves and branches.Very beautiful picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

Hello Samiran

Congratulations to this rare photo on TN,
you captured the bird in photo in a lovely
pose, glance, and eye-contact, in a beautiful
soft light, with fine POV, great DOF, and framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-07 11:58]

Hi Samiran,you were lucky whit the light,and your caught at the best this opportunity,a magnificent composition and the best plumage details too despite the distance.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

鳥很可愛 羽毛顏色清晰可見
還有的姿勢特別少見 很動態的姿態
構圖也美麗 謝謝分享

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-03-08 1:58]

Hello Samiran,
Prune a very nice bird,thanks for sharing..

Hi samiran,
another beautiful birds portrait of yours.
Well done

Bonjour Samiran,
L'attitude du sujet ne le valorise pas mais la composition est bonne et la finesse des détails appréciable.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

so beautiful composition, the pose of the bird, a great photo performance!
regards Samiran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-09 22:12]

Hi Samiran
A lovely capture from behind. Excellent clarity and the head glance is cute and attractive.
Well composed with contrast well controlled.
Nice view


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-10 9:06]

Hello Samiran,
A fine capture of this Cuckoo-shrike, taken from a nice rear POV with top sharpness and natural colours, with a great eye contact. A first for TN- congratulations!
Thanks and best regards,

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