Antics of an Indian fantail

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All the way from northern India, near to the foothills of the Himalayas, specifically Dehradun in Uttarakhand, comes a contribution from a young birder on the nesting of a fantail.

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“A fantail-flycatcher pair has made its nest in the bamboo plants just 
opposite my house. It started building its nest on 28th February 2008 but as the nest is quite high in the tree and 
it is in private land, thus not possible for me to monitor the nest.


“On 12th March, the bird entered my backyard and perched on the 
wired fence. It was making graceful sallies after the flies and 
waltzing and pirouetting in the air, also looping-the-loop in the 
air.

“It returned to the fence each time it caught a fly.

“I was about 4-5 feet from the bird. But it did not 
seem to be perturbed by my presence. This could be because the chicks might be needing food in the nearby nest and in order to feed them, it had no choice but to catch flies, no matter if I was around.

“It flew back to the nest after every successful catch. It was a magnificent sight to see a bird
 looping in the air just in front of my eyes.”

Harshit further added, “Last year this bird made its nest in my house. So I have its nest photos with three eggs and also of the bird sitting on the nest (left).”

It seems that the bird is a White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis).

Harshit Singhal
Uttarakhand, India
March 2008

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