In Conversation: The Treepies in the jungles of Ranthambore
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In Conversation: Treepies of Ranthambore


Treepies in Ranthambore


In Conversation: Treepies of #Ranthambore! #TravelwithArchie @archanackapoor #wanderlust Click To Tweet

Jungle safaris are one of the best experiences one can ever have, especially for an animal and bird lover. During my chance visit to Ranthambore, I was lucky to be able to make time for a couple of jeep-rides in the wild and beautiful forest of Ranthambore National Park. It isΒ one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India and its claim to fame is the regal orange and white striped being, who walks without fear and calls the jungle ‘home.’ Yes, I am talking about my favorite animal – the cat who catwalks in the most majestic and divine way – the Tiger!

Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan state in India, and is nearly 130 km from the gorgeous city of Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction. There is a lot more on offer besides tigers. It is a naturalist’s haven and a photographer’s delight. I for sure fell in love with this beautiful tiger park and will never miss an opportunity to re-visit. There is a lot that I want to talk about, especially about my out-of-this-world encounter with two of the most renowned and exquisite tigers of Ranthambore. But in this post I simply want to showcase this exclusive shot – the conversation between these sweet and lovely birds.

These are treepies – long tailed passerine birds that are found in tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Mostly black, white, gray or brown in color, treepies are known to be highly arboreal – which means that they prefer being on trees, living in or among trees and rarely come to the ground to feed. And that’s what makes this picture even more exceptional. I was simply lucky to catch this shot, as the driver of my jeep held out his palm with bird feed. They just jumped on to his hand and looked at each other, almost in awe. It was truly a ‘kodak’ moment! While there are other posts on my trip to Ranthambore that will follow soon, like I mentioned above, I couldn’t help but share this picture. It was such a glorious moment!

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A visit to the jungles of Ranthambore is a must if you love flora and fauna to the fullest.

Love, Archie

P.S: It is NOT aΒ good idea to feed these birds or any wildlife as you may unwittingly pass on diseases to the species.

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  • This is a Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabonda), native to Indian Subcontinent and adjoining areas. Wonderful birds. But its not a good idea to feed these birds or any wildlife. Because you inhibit their natural instincts to look for food and you may also unwittingly pass on diseases to the species.

    You should add a primer for readers to NOT feed wild animals…

    • Hi Param! Wow.. you actually know the scientific name… I was just happy with a treepie as well…
      You know I thought if the driver of the safari jeep is feeding them, it is probably okay to do so. But I am glad you pointed it out… will add a footnote right away! And yes, amazing birds… watching them was such a super delight! Thanks for visiting and for your valuable comment πŸ™‚ Cheers!

    • Btw Param, I realized I knew this name, because I wrote about these treepies a couple of months back too… but forgot the name this time… funny me! πŸ™‚

  • Nice post πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  • Nice picture. I think you shared about Ranthambore on other blog too. I am still waiting for my chance to go there…

    • Oh yes Kishor… while I will be writing about that experience here again, you must try and make time to read that too… πŸ™‚ am sure you’ll love it… Cheers πŸ™‚

      • Oh, I did go through that post. That’s why I remember. What I meant was waiting for my chance to go to the place πŸ˜€

        • Ah cool… plan a trip then Kishor… what are you waiting for? Sundari beckons… πŸ™‚

  • Anupam Chakraborty

    What a wonderful shot this is!

    • Thank you so much Anupam πŸ™‚ Loved the travel post you wrote today…

  • U K

    Beautiful post..Yes, not a good idea to feed these bird anything..

  • Anuradha Goyal

    I remember these birds. I have a small video of my husband holding birds in both his hands, feeding them crushed biscuits.

    • Hi Anu – am sure it must have been fun then. While feeding these birds is something we all enjoy, we shouldn’t be doing that… :'(

  • mithun malakar

    wah wah badiya hai

  • sreedhar Bhattaram

    An Excellent TravelBlog Post, Archana.. We just felt as if we traveled to the National Park.. Kudos to your writing skills!

    • Thank you so much Sreedhar sir…. but do plan a trip there whenever you can. It is a must-see place! πŸ™‚

  • That’s a lovely pic Archana πŸ™‚ I really wish and hope to visit Ranthambore soon!

    • Thank you Arun. You must you will love every bit of it… πŸ™‚

  • Great photo. Although I got to visit Rajasthan, I never got to Ranthambore as our guide was more interested in showing us palaces. Highlight was therefore visiting Jaisalmer – but no spectacular wildlife.

    • Wow Roland! You have visited India πŸ™‚ Guess what, I haven’t been to Jaisalmer yet… and it is such an amazing place… may be some other time…
      You must visit make a trip to Ranthambore in your next India trip… I promise you won’t regret it one bit… Cheers πŸ™‚

      • Sadly my disability makes travelling very difficult, plus I could no longer cope with the humidity of anywhere like the sub-continent. Just so glad that I travelled around the region – Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Even went overland through Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. Future travel will be road trips in North America…once the QM2 gets us to New York.

        • Ohk! Am happy you managed to do much despite the problem. πŸ™‚
          Good luck for the US road trips… we just did one more on the weekend… do make time to read about it πŸ™‚ Cheers Roland!

  • Having visited Ranthambore in December last year, this treepie ‘Kodak’ moment is something I have witnessed too. Such a wonderful posh jungle it is. One of my favourites. The other one being Kanha in Madhya Pradesh.

    • Posh is the right word Rekha… and it is no wonder why it was a haven for the royal families of Rajasthan. It’s a pity I haven’t been to Kanha yet, despite being an ardent tiger lover… and now I will have to wait to visit India to make a trip there… :'(
      Thanks for reading and for your valuable comment πŸ™‚

  • What a lovely shot, I have been here! It’s an amazing place! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Maitreni. Am sure you must have enjoyed the jungle to the fullest πŸ™‚

  • Kavita Baluni

    Beautiful pic πŸ™‚ Good to know about Treepies !

  • That is one cute picture πŸ™‚ Hoping to take one like that on another day πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Teny… am sure you will.. you are so good at clicking at the right moment… Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Priyanka

    Such lovely birdies. I have never been on a safari, and this is going into my ever growing list of to-do things! πŸ™‚

    • I hope it not only makes way into your list but also becomes top priority Priyanka… it is a must-do place! Thanks dearie πŸ™‚

  • Purba Chakraborty

    Wow! What an amazing picture! Lovely post dear πŸ™‚

  • Mandira Adhikari

    such a cute picture!

  • Superb capture and useful info on Ranthambore. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Ravish… happy that you found it superb and useful πŸ™‚

  • What a great capture Archana !! πŸ™‚ Loved it !! πŸ™‚

  • Oh my! They’re so pretty.

  • Missed getting here the last time around. Would have loved the treepies

    • Make a trip soon my dear… you are going to love every bit of it… πŸ™‚

  • Jyothi D’mello

    That’s an amazing pic. A friend of mine own a travel company called Wilderness Uncut and they arrange personalized tours for Jungle Safaris. Unfortunately I haven’t yet been to either Ranthanbore or Kanha but these both are on my list. Hopefully soon πŸ™‚ x

    • You must make a plan soon Jyothi… and if this picture ain’t enough… am going to talk about my amazing encounters with Sundari and Machhli (the mother-daughter duo tigresses) of Ranthambore… coming soon… keep watching this space for more πŸ˜‰ Love n hugs… πŸ™‚

  • Reminded me of my visit to this gorgeous park πŸ™‚

    • And it must have been so amazing, right? Thanks Divsi πŸ™‚

  • Travelling wings

    That was very interesting Archie. Liked it immensely.

  • Nice Pic Archana. It is truly a glorious moment. So, this post is just a part of your Jungle Book. Hope to see more.

    • Lots and lots more coming soon Fayazji… I’ve just been super lazy about posting them all… :-p
      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • Lovely Pictures:-)

    • Thanks a tonne Anchal πŸ™‚

      • I am Raj, New handler of selfdrivetrips. Do look forward for my upcoming posts !!

        • Hi Raj – thanks for letting me know. I always look forward to SDT posts πŸ™‚
          Hope to see you on #TravelwithArchie often… πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  • I agree that it is not a good idea to feed them and yet it is such a common practice! Such beautiful captures!

    • Perhaps that is also because people don’t know about it… and if the safari guys feed the birds themselves… well, how will we commoners even learn? :'(
      Thank you Mridula πŸ™‚

  • Simran

    wow!! such a marvelous click! πŸ™‚ Will visit there once for sure.

  • Gowthama Rajavelu

    Wonderful picture. I love their calls during most of my morning walks in a park. Its screechy yet ear-soothing.


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