Rufous Treepie (Draw a Bird Day)

In your native landscape
they call you taka chor
always wanting more, more–
objects, glitter

Filling trees with loud calls,
attention-seeking mein–
to be both heard and seen–
crow to the core

The rufous treepie, a long-tailed bird native to India and southeast Asia, is known locally as taka chor, or “coin stealer”. Like all corvids, it loves shiny objects, and has no misgivings about taking anything that catches its eye.

Also, like all crows, it will eat pretty much anything, and is intelligent, adaptable, and opportunistic.

Primarily arboreal, it feeds mostly among the forest cover, and will often hunt with other bird species to flush out more insects from the trees. As its woodland habitat decreases, however, it has learned to live in urban parks and yards, and has no problem eating discarded human food or road kill, if that’s what’s available.

I chose the rufous treepie while looking for orange and black birds in honor of the Year of the Tiger. That may be my bird theme for the year–there are many to choose from.

The poem is an abhanga for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. Appropriately, an Indian poetic form.

The top bird was done with brush and ink, the middle one is neocolors, and the bottom one is colored pencil with ink outlines–I found a feather quill pen I bought years ago in a box. It’s a bit tricky to use, and I’m out of practice. But I enjoyed working with it again.

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46 responses to “Rufous Treepie (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    At first all this info surprised me. Then I realized I had read it as “tohee”. Different bird. I love the corvids and now that I am reading correctly enjoyed learning about this brightly colored one from India.

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  2. WildChild47 says :

    lovely – and fascinating! I love the repetition in the poem, it emphasizes the “greedy” interest …. great art pieces, and the poem is a delight in compliment, although I read it and it stands alone by itself too …. well done K!

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  3. SelmaMartin says :

    Lovely poetry. Adorable topic really. And fully complemented by the exquisite sketches. Aww. Just so lovely. Thanks for the explanation. Enjoyed. xoxo

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  4. memadtwo says :

    These are great K! Sorry I’m still not up to par. N.

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  5. harmonykentonline says :

    Beautiful poetry and art, Kerfe. And thanks for the explanation. I love learning new things! 💕🙂

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  6. ben Alexander says :

    Beautiful and educational ❣️

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  7. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful bird–thank you for the info. Your poem flowed so well, I didn’t notice it was an abanga.

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  8. philgomm says :

    I always like to see you drawing, Kerfe – and I especially like the middle drawing, where the lines fizz and flutter as if the bird is moving a bit 🙂

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  9. Claudia McGill says :

    Everything about this post made me smile. I would love to see one of these birds in action.

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  10. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, your pictures of birds are really a delight. I enjoyed your poem and it reminded me of the raven from The Hobbit.

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  11. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Crow to the core! Love this line and especially the second drawing of the tiger bird.

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  12. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    A new corvid is always a welcome sight! And I love that a “new” tool appeared to help you play with the theme! (Been a long time since I touched a feather quill too; I am impressed by what you coaxed from it!)

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  13. yvettemcalleiro says :

    You are quite artistic, Kerfe! I enjoyed the poem, the artwork, and the background knowledge. 🙂

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  14. Eugenia says :

    A beautiful pairing of poetry and art!

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author says :

    Beautiful artwork and poem. I loved to watch the birds as a child. You captured this bird so well and added interesting facts too.

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  16. Elizabeth says :

    Your draws are wonderful, the birds have such a long tail. The poem is perfect!

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  17. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    What a spectacular bird, Kerfe. You know I love my corvids! The orange color is so striking. Many of the tropical birds have the most spectacular colors. Your Abhanga poetry are so perfect for your paintings. I’m seeing robins in our trees even though it is snowing. Fingers crossed for spring. ❤

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  18. msjadeli says :

    All three art pieces are charming. So cool to think of a non-black corvid. Beautiful birds! I like the idea of a “tiger theme” for your birds for the year of the tiger.

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