A number of birds, mostly, sparrows, pigeons, crows and occasionally a couple of parrots visit us in the morning as we feed them. A few days ago, I observed a new guest. It was a small bird, kept quivering its tail in a strange manner almost all the time. A passerine it is, (passerines are those birds with a particular arrangement of their toes, three pointing forward and one back, which facilitates perching) and is quite shy.
I was clueless about its name and so, posted a picture on Facebook. It needed a lot of patience to capture a decent picture of the bird. However, after posting the picture, I came to know, as one of my friends enlightened me, that it’s called Black Redstart. In India, they are not common to be seen in urban areas. It’s mainly a winter migrant to the Indian subcontinent. For the continuous quivering of its tail, it’s called Thirthira Kampa or Phirphira in Hindi and Laal-girdi in Bengali. They reside in rocky terrains and hilly areas and are known to breed in the Himalayas.