Saturday 14 January 2017

Mixed Species Flocks

Ever wondered why birds form mixed species flocks? Here's a comic that proposes some of my own theories! 

The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a great mimic of other birds, is often responsible for initiating the formation of mixed species flocks. The latest mixed species flock I have encountered was in Pakke Tiger Reserve in NE India, formed by Silver-eared Mesias, Blue-winged Minlas, Striped Tit Babblers, Rufous-capped Babblers and White-throated Fantails, all supervised by a Racket-tailed Drongo!

The comic appears in my column with Mid-Day.

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