Scientific Name: Copsychus saularis
Tamil Name: Vannathi kuruvi
Description: A trim black and white bird with a corked tail similar in appearance to an Indian Robin. Males are black in color while females are grey and brown
Distribution and status: It is present throughout the Indian subcontinent except in arid areas
Habitat: It inhabits dry deciduous forests, orchards, gardens and village groves.
Habits: It commonly occurs singly or in pairs about human habitation. Conspicuous in breeding season when males sing out aloud from a favorite vantage point or pole chiefly in the mornings and evenings.
Food: Insects chiefly picked off the ground.
Life cycle: The nesting season is between April to July. Eggs 3-5 I blue green, blotched and mottled with reddish brown. Nests are made out of a pad of grass, rootlets and located in the holes of buildings or trunks of trees. Breeding territories are strictly guarded by males and any intruders are chased away by puffing and strutting.
Role in the environment: This is a beautiful song bird of the Indian subcontinent
Photo source: Dr. J. Patrik David