Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creature Feature #343: Iora

The Iora are four species of passerine found in India and southeast Asia. They forage in small groups, preying on insects gleaned them from among the branches. The males are more brightly coloured and he develops the black cap in breeding season. To court the females he performs an acrobatic aerial display, darting up into the air, fluffing his feathers and spiralling back down to his perch. Eggs are laid in a cup-shaped nest and both parents take turns incubating the eggs.

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