Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica)

Chestnut-tailed starling

 














Chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica)

Chestnut-tailed starling or grey-headed starling or grey-headed myna is a member of the starling family.Both male and female Chestnut-tailed starling birds are similar.They have grey upperparts and blackish remiges, but the colour of the remaining plumage depend on the subspecies. In the nominate subspecies and blythii, the underparts (incl. undertail) are rufous, but in nemoricola the underparts are whitish tinged rufous (especially on flanks and crissum). size 20cm.

Habitat

Open woodland and cultivation.

Diet

Insects, and worms while plant diets included fruits and nectar

Range

Sri Lanka, Bnagladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal.

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6


Friday, February 26, 2021

Red-necked falcon ( Falco chicquera)

Red-necked falcon



























Red-necked falcon ( Falco chicquera)


Red-necked falcon bird is a medium-sized falcon has bluish grey wings and upper body, a chestnut red cap with short chin straps passing through the eye. The primary feathers of the wing are black and a single black band at the tip of the tail are distinctive.size-31-36cm.

Habitat

Occurs in open habitats with sparse vegetation and scattered trees, including riparian habitats, woodland edges, dry watercourses, and palm savanna.

Diet

Feeds mainly on small birds up the size of small dove, capturing them after dashing from an open perch below the canopy of a tree.

Range

Bangladesh, India, Bhutan,Nepal and Pakistan.

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

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Friday, February 19, 2021

White-browed piculet (Sasia ochracea)

White-browed piculet
 






















White-browed piculet (Sasia ochracea)

The white browed piculet is a rare resident bird of the Indian subcontinent.Its size is 9-10 cm.The under parts are cinnamon or rufous, sometimes yellowish on the flanks. The stubby tail is blackish. The crown is green, and there is a white streak above and immediately behind the eye, the latter being surrounded by a ring of bare pinkish or reddish skin. Males have a small golden-yellow patch on the forehead which females lack. Juveniles are duller in colour than adults, greener above and greyer beneath.

Habitat

Wet or dry forest with plenty of vines and bamboo, scrub and swampy woodlands.

Diet

Small insects, bark beetles, ants, termites, spiders and other small invertebrates.

Range

India,Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan

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Sources Of Information

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

Wikipedia

Saturday, February 13, 2021

little pratincole (Glareola lactea)

Small pratincole (Glareola lactea)























little pratincole (Glareola lactea)

little pratincole,Small pratincole or small Indian pratincole is a resident bird of the Indian Subcontinent.They live in groups.little pratincole are 100 to 500 birds in their group. This small bird is 18 to 19 cm in size.Their color is gray and the crown of the head is brown.The underwings are mainly black. The tail is white with a black terminal triangle. The belly is white.Breeding season is from December to March.small pratincole bengali name is choto babubatan.

Habitat

River and Lake.

Diet

Beetles, bugs, termites, flies and other insects.

Range

Bangladesh,India,Nepal,Bhutan,Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Sources Of Information

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

Wikipedia

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Paddyfield pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Paddyfield pipit
 















Paddyfield pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Paddyfield pipit or Oriental pipit is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family. Adult Paddyfield pipit bird  has mainly greyish-brown streaked upperparts, pale buff underparts with streaks around upper-breast and long bill/tail/legs.young birds are more richly coloured below than adults and have the pale edges to the feathers of the upper parts more conspicuous with more prominent spotting on the breastsize.size15cm.

Habitat

Grassland and other open habitats.

Diet

Insects and their larvae, such as weevils, ants and termites.

Range

Sri Lnak, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal.

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Sources Of Information

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

Wikipedia

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

Purple-rumped sunbird
 















Purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

Purple-rumped sunbird is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent.Purple-rumped Sunbirds are tiny at only 10 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. adult purple rumped sunbird male has a maroon breast-band, sides of the head and back. The throat and rump are bright purple, and the underparts are yellow flanked with white. There is a bright green shoulder patch. female are duller with an olive-green back, brown wings and yellowish breast. 

Habitat

Scrub,cultivation and forest.

Diet

Nectar and insects.

Range

Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis)

Common green magpie















Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis)

Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis) is a member of the crow family.size 37-39.It is a vivid green in colour (often fades to turquoise in captivity), slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill (through the eyes) to the nape. Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs.common green magpie call is quite varied but often a harsh peep-peep. It also frequently whistles and chatters.

Habitat

Broadleaved evergreen and moist deciduous forest.

Diet

Reptiles, young birds and eggs.

Range

Bangaldesh,India,Bhutan and Nepal

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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

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