Saturday, 8 January 2011

Magpie Robin known as Doyel/Doel is the national bird of Bangladesh

A male Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)

A male Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)
A Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) is about to fly

A female Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)
A Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) with spreading wings

A flying Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)
Chick of  a Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)
A little grown Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) trying to learn flying

Eggs of a Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)

male Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) has found a earth warm 
Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) is swallowing up a earth warm
A Oriental Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel) has found a grass hopper

A male Copsychus saularis or Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)

Male and female-a pair of  Magpie Robin(Doyel/Doel)

The Oriental Magpie Robin is known as Doel/Doyel in Bangladesh. This bird is very common in Bangladesh and is found allover the country. Oriental Magpie Robin or Doel/Doyel is designated as the national bird of Bangladesh.
Scientific name of Oriental Magpie Robin is Copsychus saularis. This small passerine bird was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae.There are 7 or 8 species within the Copychus genus, with the Oriental Magpie Robin or Doel/Doyel (Copsychus saularis) being just one of those species.   
The Magpie Robin or Doel/Doyel is an insectivorous species which is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, interior India, Sri Lanka and east to Indonesia, Thailand, south China, Singapore and the Philippines. They have been introduced to Australia.
The Oriental Magpie Robin or Doel/Doyel is found in open woodland, cultivated areas often close to human habitations.It nests in a hole, often in a wall, laying 4-5 eggs which are incubated by both sexes for 8 to 14 days and their eggs are oval and usually pale blue green with brownish speckles..The female is involved in most of the nest building that happens about a week before the eggs are laid.  When the chicks are born females spend more effort on feeding the young than males.Males spend more time on nest defense. This species-Oriental Magpie Robin or Doel/Doyel is 19cm long, including the long cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the smaller European Robin, but is longer-tailed. The male has black upperparts, head and throat apart from a white shoulder patch. The underparts and the sides of the long tail are white. Females are grey above and greyish white. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts and head.
The food of Magpie Robins is mainly insects, grains and other invertebrates.
This species is considered as one of "little concern" globally but in some areas the species is on the decline.In Singapore and Hong Kong they were common in the 1920s, but declined in the 1970s, presumably due to competition from introduced Common Mynas. Poaching for the pet bird trade and habitat changes have also affected them and they are locally protected by law.
Magpie Robins(Doel/Doyel)were widely kept as cagebirds for their singing abilities and for fighting in Bangladesh in the past.They continue to be in the pet trade in parts of Southeast Asia. As the national bird of Bangladesh the picture of this bird appeares on different currency notes of Bangladesh. Doyel Chatwar (Doyel Square) named after this bird is a prominent landmark in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.;

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