Look Who Strayed Into My Mango Tree!

I am not sure if this gorgeous Indian Pitta*Β I spied on ‘my’ mango tree, was just taking a break on his way someplace else, or if he will continue to grace us with his presence through the cooler season.

I hope it will be the latter, and I will soon have a whole brood of these fluffy orange creatures to share with you.

Orange-breasted Nuthatch - Chennai, India

Better them, than the ones below.

Summer’s raucous song belting obviously paid dividends…..and how! I have already spotted at least four young male Koels sitting around – silently for the time being – out front, probably awaiting their spouses.

Male Indian Koel - Chennai, India

R & I are seriously considering moving house! πŸ™‚

*Β What I mistakenly assumed to be theΒ Orange Breasted Nuthatch turned out to beΒ the Indian Pitta. Edited accordingly on 27/05/2014

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

70 thoughts on “Look Who Strayed Into My Mango Tree!

  1. Awwwww. Thank you. That’s what I call birds and not those pooping monsters on my balcony….and these koels, are they worse than pigeons?

  2. An Orange-breasted Nuthatch sitting in a mango tree. How exotic!

    You are so fortunate. Mangos are so expensive in the UK and so are not as popular a fruit as apples, oranges and bananas.

    1. The mango season is long over Jane, so I really don’t know what the attraction was for the Nuthatch. The parakeets should return in full swing by the time the mangoes begin to ripen around May/June

      1. I like mangos and buy them when the shops are selling them off cheap. They cost about 1.00 GDP each which is too expensive for most people, especially when you can get a big bunch of bananas for the same price.

    1. Ha, that isn’t technically my tree, but the neighbours live too far below to enjoy it anyway πŸ˜€
      It is just beginning to cool down here Suzanne, leading up to the best part of the year. A depression over the Bay of Bengal, a result of the typhoon that hit the Philippines, is expected to bring torrential rains this weekend, and I am not looking forward to that at all. But we do need the rain or we will have water woes in the summer.

  3. Koels can drive one quietly mad! …. but the Nuthatch looks beautiful, I do hope they stay to breed, and where better than a thick leafy mango tree πŸ™‚

  4. You have all these beautiful visitors on your mango tree! I hope the spouces don’t take after their parents. If so however, you might start thinking of the art of hypnotizing birds!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hypnotising birds! Wish I could master that Marina πŸ™‚ It is the males that drive us nuts with their mating calls. The females are generally silent!

  5. Hi Madhu. Interesting.
    We have a year-round resident Nuthatch in GB. These must be related to yours since they are similar in colour and markings but ours is perhaps smaller and not quite so bright as your visitor/guest. Our Nuthatch can be seen in hardwood woodlands scrambling about on the bark of trees looking for insects to eat. If they discover their cousins feasting on mango they may decide to migrate your way.
    Would you really move house because of the birds?

    1. No, that was a bit of an exaggeration Tony! πŸ™‚
      There are no mangoes on that tree right now, the dense shade must have been the attraction. Haven’t spotted him since either, so it could have been a temporary stopover. Have never seen a nuthatch before, except in picture!!

    1. We don’t usually have such vibrantly coloured birds, apart from parakeets. My first nuthatch too. Thank you for stopping by Timalil.

  6. bo0th beautiful birds though – but the small songbirds are so precious. I mourn the loss of a nesting site for my singing honey eaters courtesy of the landlord :-/ I wish you joy of your fluffy little orange beauties

    1. Have no idea Cathy. They never left this year strangely. Normally they arrive early May and are off by July.

  7. Moving out of the house?!

    Your comment reminded me of the iconic movie – Birds – by Alfred Hitchcock

    Time to buy some ear plugs, I suppose πŸ™‚

    1. Ha,ha, that was pure exaggeration Eric πŸ™‚ But going by the number of young males around, ear plugs just might be mandatory!

  8. Madhu, you lost me on the “my mango tree” – what bliss! I feel for the poor spouses having to come home to squawks of what have you been doing all day???

    1. That tree belongs to the neighbours Patti. They live in an independent house next door, so they can’t look into the branches like I can. So I like to think it is there just for me πŸ˜€ Haven’t spotted a single female Koel so far! The symphony should start when they arrive πŸ™‚

    1. I have never seen one before Ian!! I need to check with my forest officer father in law, how commonly these are spotted here in the South.

    1. I would not have spotted him if the tree had been full of ripening mangoes! That flash of colour gave him away in the midst of all the green πŸ™‚ Thank you Caludine.

  9. How warm and inviting your photographs are as we lose all our leaves here, the winds chill and winter looms. Always enjoy your photographs and am going to be thinking about a “Nuthatch in a Mango Tree”. Poetry!

    1. Now why didn’t I think of that for the title???
      Thank you for the kind words Ruth. Always a pleasure to see you here.

  10. Loved the images, Madhu… and I’m hoping that there will be a whole congress of beautiful and sweet singing birds around your home. What a belly that one has… such a vibrant color.

    1. Thank you Shimon. The Nuthatch hasn’t made an appearance since, so I am assuming this was just a rest stop on his way elsewhere.

  11. That nuthatch looks so bright and colourful – a beauty! Up here everything is dark, naked and cold. I’ll get warm by watching your blog posts!

    1. I actually think your stark naked winter landscape is stunningly beautiful! But only from a distance πŸ˜€

  12. i wonder what in your garden has attracted their interest? I know that in my front yard, I have quite a few hummingbirds because of the buddleias.

    1. I think this guy was just taking a break on his way someplace else Maryann. No sign of him since. The parakeets are back, but out front on a neighbour’s fig tree. Am awaiting the mango season when they will all congregrate behind my kitchen window again πŸ™‚

        1. Thanks Madhu ! My life has taken a great turn for the better as you saw on Community! Hugs!

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