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21 / Mar / 2012
Country Blues!
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Coorg Photograph: Sanket Reddy Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Country Blues!

When you meander along the wooded backstreets of Coorg, there’s one genre of music that’ll serenade you every season: The Blues! The Coorg version is, however, very different from its American cousin in that its provenance is not the stygian depths of melancholia, but springs from a sunny groundswell of cheerful optimism. Furthermore, the label owes less to the lyrics and more to the appearance of the musicians: small, feathered and always accoutred in brilliant blue. The Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers are a sell out wherever they perform, and their popularity is evident from the fact that they play all year. Of course their appeal isn’t universal in their own backyard, and there’s a segment of the population that does an about turn whenever they hear the Blues Brothers’ signature tune. This natural antipathy of Coorg’s insects has nothing to do with a more eclectic taste in music, but owes purely to self-preservation. Winged insects are the staple food of our avian minstrels, who’re past masters at capturing their prey on the wing. Not surprisingly, they are valued more for this pest-control service than for their music, by the farmers and planters of Coorg. Unlike rock stars and their shenanigans with groupies, these songsters are almost boringly monastic in their personal lives. They stay loyal to their partners throughout their adult lives, and always travel together, often calling out to ensure the other half hasn’t strayed (perhaps paying homage to Coorg’s reputation in providing such temptations). With such soulful songs for company, however, one would need to be tone deaf to even wish to stray. If you’re ever in the vicinity, and feeling a little low after a tiff with your mate, just step out of your resort…we guarantee that when these bards of a feather sing together, it will drive your blues away!

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 7:55 am and is filed under Birds . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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  1. Vikas Nehra says:

    Great and Lovely Pic…

  2. shivakumar says:

    Hi, Your photos are beautiful.

  3. Tarun Jacob says:

    You Beauty:)

  4. Anupama Krishnamurthy says:

    Outstanding Shot and Story. Thank you.

  5. Hamsila says:

    Amazing picture…of a beautiful bird! 🙂

  6. kannan.k.v. says:

    The brilliant plumage is an apt attire for a rock star, but, the eye of the bird shows that she means business.Superb photograph and hilarious yet informative writeup.Good show guys.

  7. Yazdi Patel says:

    The Blue Flycatcher looks so very cute. God is great to give such beautiful birds & animals. Thank you for these lovely pictures. We always look forward to them. The Blue Flycatcher must be more lovely to see in reality.

  8. Anjana Patel says:


  9. Giuliana Mattiotto says:

    Thank you for your marvellous photos!

  10. Mich Gupta says:

    Thank you once again … As always wittily written and I look forward to the next one.

  11. Bishan Monnappa says:

    Tickled by the write up, Blown by the photograph…. Very Apt.

  12. Dr Sameer R rao says:

    Outstanding image in Clarity and Composition.

  13. Jojo K Jose says:

    Wow! Tha’ts an amazing shot!

  14. Aline Dobbie says:

    Saw this beautiful little bird more than once at Bandipur and then again at Sasan Gir when seeking Lions which we were fortunate to see on 3 occasions. Have a look at my refreshed Orange County Gallery on

  15. Alka Sharma says:

    Another brilliant, witty and most informative piece! Thank you Rajesh and thank you Sanket Reddy for that superb photograph!

    • Sanket says:

      Thank You all for your valuable comments and generous appreciation. And the Lifescapes team have been doing a great job. Proud to be a part of it.

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