Category "Eco Talk"

18May2020

The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia is a common resident breeding bird in the drier regions of the Indian subcontinent. They forage in small flocks in grassland and scrub habitats. Although mainly found on the plains, they can be found up to about 1200 m in some sub-Himalayan regions. They are largely resident, though some populations make seasonal movements to nearby areas. […]

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9Mar2020

The Plain Prinia is also known as the Plain Wren-Warbler or White-browed Wren-Warbler. It is a small bird found in Southeast Asia. It is a resident breeder from Pakistan and India to south China and Southeast Asia. Sexes are identical, with tails being shorter in summer and longer in winter. […]

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17Feb2020

The Pied Bushchat is a small bird found extensively from West to Central to South-East Asia and across the Indian Subcontinent. It is seen quite easily in the countryside and open scrub or grassland where it is found perched at the top of short thorn trees or other shrubs, looking out for insect prey. They pick up insects mainly from the ground. […]

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6Feb2020

The Black Headed Jay is found in the Himalayas, ranging from Afghanistan across to India and Bhutan. It is a large, striking bird with a black head and crest that stands out when it lands after a short flight. It has a long, well defined blue with black barring tail. […]

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30Jan2020

The Great Barbet is a large, colourful and striking bird with a red vent, blue head, brown and green and yellow streaked body and a large yellow bill, found in South East Asia and foothills of the Himalayas. They are well over a foot in length and can easily be spotted due to their large size and noisy calls, of which they have three types. […]

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13Jan2020

The Blue Whistling Thrush is widely distributed in the mountains of Central Asia, China and South East Asia, and in India are found along the foothills of the Himalayas. They feed on the ground and are found along streams foraging for insects, crabs, snails and fruit. They make altitudinal changes in the Himalayas, descending in winters to lower altitudes. I photographed this specimen in Chakki Mor in Himachal Pradesh, about an hour’s drive from Chandigarh. […]

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23Dec2019

The Red-wattled Lapwing is a wader and are ground birds that are incapable of perching. Their characteristic loud calls that sound like ‘did he do it – did he do it’ are indications of human, animal or larger birds getting close to their habitat, especially when they are nesting or looking after the young. They nest in a ground scrape laying three to four camouflaged eggs. Adults near the nest fly around, diving at potential predators while calling noisily. […]

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17Dec2019

This is the third amongst the big four venomous snakes in India. The first two being the spectacled cobra and the saw-scaled viper. The Russel’s viper is found all over the Indian sub-continent. They are mainly found in agriculture fields as there is an abundance of rats to be found. […]

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