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Notes on food and feeding habits of oriental magpie robin (copsychus saularis)

Author Affiliations

  • 1Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-641 046, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 2M.E.S. Mampad College, Malappuram District-676 542, Kerala, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 9, Issue (3), Pages 29-32, August,10 (2020)


Magpie Robin is a very common bird found in a variety of habitats like open woodlands, electric cables on roadside, cultivated lands and paddy fields close to human dwellings. It is a variety feeder. The food composition varies from insects to reptiles. The present study is conducted in eight locations during the period from 2016 to-2018. The study shows that the above bird is acting as a pest since it preys upon the larvae of soldier flies, Hermetia spp, which are highly useful for the decomposition of house hold wastes.


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