Oriental Bird Images

Grandala Grandala coelicolor   - Flock
Photographer : © Gunjan Arora
Location :At 2668m, near Harsil, Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India
Date : 4 March 2019
English synonyms:Hodgson's Grandala, Himalayan Grandala
Bird Family :Saxicolini - Robins, Nightingales, Chats, Shamas, Redstarts, Grandala, Forktails, Cochoas & Wheatears
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :A flock of over fifty birds, restless and hungry, shifty yet confiding, shuttled between Hippophae shrubs by the snow clad roadside and a Pinus (wallichiana) tree a hundred metres away. Their flight was laboured as they fluttered overhead in starling-like swarms. Males displayed their glistening-blue sheen and females their conspicuous white underwing patch. Landing on the Hippophae, the feeble branches sagged under their weight as they struggled to keep balance or hopped on ones laden with more fruit. Once stabilised they gnawed lustily on the berries. Then without any warning, one would take off to land on the Pinus, and the rest would follow in pursuit. Soon the tree would be decked with blobs of blue and brown. Suddenly they would take off for the berries again, then to the large mossy rock drinking water from the melted snow. One would then hop to the edge of the boulder, and the rest followed jumping like a chat as if missing some action. The sorties went on for over an hour and forty minutes, and by the time we decided to leave, Gangotri highway had been blocked with the help of local cops who too were reigned in to watch the spectacle and patient bystanders not sure what they were looking at, assumed it was something of significance, and so it was, indeed. - GA
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