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  The Tiger Toothbrush, aka the rufous treepie
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  • The Tiger Toothbrush, aka the rufous treepie - Sawai Madhopur
      The Tiger Toothbrush, aka the rufous treepie
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      Can I get a ride?
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The come-on title to this tip will introduce you to a very beautiful bird, the rufous treepie. This colorful species is found all over India, especially in the type of wild grasslands that make up much of Ranthambhore's territory. They're actually brave birds, as you can see in the photo below. THIS particular rufous treepie felt the need to light on the fender of our jeep (gypsy), and remained "with" us for quite a while.

This bravery in the face of what could be danger earns the treepie it's nickname. You see, these birds have been known to get pretty close to the resident tigers as well, and for that reason, the locals call them "THE TIGER TOOTHBRUSH". The joke (although I suppose it's not as funny if you're a treepie) goes that the tigers use them to brush their teeth.

You'll find, as you go through Ranthambhore - and in other parks as well - that the guides almost never call them treepies. They just say "there's a toothbrush".

Address: Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

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  • Written Dec 16, 2008
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