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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Dendrocitta
Genus species:Dendrocitta vagabunda

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:46-50 cm
Identification:The Indian tree pie has a slate gray hood, buff underparts and rump, a pale gray wing panel, and a black tail tip.
Habitat:Woodlands, scrub jungles, urban areas
Diet:Omnivore: fruit, insects, lizards, frogs, centipedes, carrion, eggs, young birds, and mammals
Reproduction:The nesting period falls between February and July. After the 4-5 eggs hatch, both parents care for the chicks.
Indian tree pies form pairs or family parties.
Behavior:All corvus species, to a greater or lesser extent, are gregarious. Flocking behavior has developed among corvids as a means of exploiting localized food sources, with inexperienced birds that gain from the knowledge of older birds and the group formation acting to deter predators.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Corvidae have a large brain to body ratio that equals dolphins and is only slightly smaller than that of humans.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern parts of Central Asia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:perching birds
Indian tree pie
Rufous tree pie
Corvidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata