Category "World of Wonder - Birds"

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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16Dec2019

The Common Tailorbird is a songbird found throughout tropical Asia. It can be seen around gardens and bushes in urban areas too, hopping about quickly in search of food, giving themselves away by their loud ‘cheeup cheeup cheeup’ calls. They are a delight to watch and are not afraid of human proximity. […]

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25Nov2019

The Indian Robin is widespread across the subcontinent, with its Southern species more black than its ‘browner’ Northern species. They are commonly found in open scrub areas and often seen running along the ground or perching on low thorny shrubs and rocks. The long tail is usually held up and the chestnut undertail coverts and dark body make them easily distinguishable. […]

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18Nov2019

The Baya Weaver is widespread in the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. Large flocks are found in grasslands, farmlands, scrub and secondary growth. Though widespread, they are not generally migratory and move about locally depending upon food and habitat factors. […]

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4Nov2019

The Lesser Crested tern is found all along the coastal regions of India,and are widely distributed from the Mediterranean to Australia and parts of the Pacific. They winter to the south of the equator, and are often migratory, coming into the sub continent from Central Asia and the North. They have a distinct black crest, grey rump and yellow – orange bill and are thus identified from their fellow Tern family. […]

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18Sep2019

The Spotted Owlet is a small, cute looking owl that is found in India and South East Asia. They are widespread all over the country and can even be seen in urban areas, quietly sitting on trees, cavities of rocks or even a quiet corner in buildings. They are small birds, barely 8 to 8 ½ inches in length. […]

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11Sep2019

The Small Green Bee Eater is a small, beautiful bird and is found widespread from Africa through to South East Asia. India has a large population of this species. They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known for this colourful bird. They are mostly seen in the plains but can sometimes be found up to 5000 or 6000 feet in the Himalayas. […]

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3Sep2019

The wire-tailed swallow is a small bird, measuring about 7 inches in length. It has bright blue upperparts, bright white under parts and a chestnut cap. The species is named for the very long outermost tail feathers, which trail behind like two wires. The sexes are similar in appearance, but the female has shorter “wires”. […]

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