Among the backyard birds of India oriental magpie-robins (Copsychus saularis) must be the most common. You see them most commonly foraging among fallen leaves or hopping along branches looking for insects. I’ve seen them around Shanghai, which is about as far north as they range. On the west their range ends between Islamabad and Kabul. Their geography is constrained by mountains, deserts, and seas (you can see them in Borneo, but not in the Philippines). In the female the glossy black of the male is replaced by a dull brown. As always, sexual dimorphism indicates a difference in behaviour: although both sexes are involved in raising hatchlings, only the female incubates the eggs. During this time she needs the camouflage.
The photo you see above was among my first close ups of a bird, and I fortunately caught it with its tail characteristically erect. With the short lenses I had then, I would have to creep up close to a bird in order to take a photo like this. I’ve lost that craft now.
There aren’t many places on WordPress where bird watchers can share posts. If you post any photos of birds this week (starting today and up to next Monday), it would be great if you could leave a link in the comments, or a pingback, for others to follow. You don’t have to post a recent photo, nor do you have to post a photo of the same bird as mine. It would helpful to give as much information as you can: which bird it is, where and when you saw the bird, any behaviour you found interesting, for example. You might consider using the tag “Bird of the Week” to help other search for old posts. I hope you’ve had the time to look at what others have added this week and in the previous weeks.