Sunday, January 31, 2021

Jungle myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

Jungle myna
 















Jungle myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

Jungle myna is a myna, a member of the starling family.jungle myna bird is a 23cm grey-brownish bird.eyes, beak, legs are yellow,Males and females are similar. Wings have white patches that are obvious in flight.juveniles are browner.

Habitat

Cropping lands, orchards, fields, grasslands and urban areas.

Diet

Insects, fruit, seeds and nectar.

Range

Pakistan,India,Bangladesh,Nepal and Bhutan.

Range Map












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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



Friday, January 29, 2021

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Cattle Egret
 






















Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones.It has a relatively short, thick neck, a sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The nonbreeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill, and greyish-yellow legs.This heron bird has yellow plumes on its head and neck during breeding season. Size 48-53 cm.

Habitat

Grassland,paddy field,canals and lakes.

Diet

Insects, grasshoppers, crickets, flies moths,spiders,frogs,lizards and earthworms.

Range

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

Range Map












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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

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Golden-fronted leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons)

Golden-fronted leafbird
 















Golden-fronted leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons)

Golden-fronted leafbird is a species of leafbird.resident of Himalayas,NE,E, S India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.adult is green-bodied with a black face and throat bordered with yellow. It has dark brown irises and blackish feet and bill.It has a yellowish orange forehead and blue moustachial line.black of the face and throat appears slightly duller in females.size 20cm.

Habitat

Forest and scrub.

Diet

Insects and berries.

Range

Bangladesh,Bhutan,Nepal,India 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, January 27, 2021

Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)

Indian pond heron



























Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)

Indian pond heron  is a small heron.widespread resident of Indian Subcontinent.adult Indian Pond-Heron has a head and neck streaked dark brown and buff. The bill is yellow horn with a long black tip.In the breeding season, the head and neck are unstreaked brown buff.Immature herons are streaked brown, generally similar to non-breeding adults. Their head, neck and breast feathers are shorter, and their back feathers do not form the distinctive loose coat.indian pond heron bengali name is দেশি কানিবক.size 42-45cm.

Habitat
Marshes,flooted field,lakes and mangroves.

Diet
Crustaceans, aquatic insects, fishes, tadpoles and sometimes leeches.

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

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

White-breasted waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus)

White-breasted waterhen
















White-breasted waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus)

White-breasted waterhen bird is a waterbird of the rail and crake family.White-breasted Waterhen has dark slate-brown upperparts. Face and underparts are white. Flanks, vent and undertail feathers are rufous-chestnut.juvenile has greyish face.Waterhen sound are very vocal in breeding season.Length: 28-33 cm,Weight: 165-328 g.

White-breasted waterhen habitat

Freshwater marshes,mangroves, reedbeds, grasslands, ricefields, orchards, parks and gardens and near small streams and pools.

White-breasted waterhen food

Insects, spiders, grain, fish,and worms.

Range

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

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Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Video




Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Video

Greater necklaced laughingthrush is a species of passerine bird in the family Leiothrichidae.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Spoon billed sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

spoon billed sandpiper
 















Spoon billed sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Spoon billed sandpiper is a small wader which breeds in Southeast Asia.small sandpiper with a one-of-a-kind black spatulate bill. During the breeding season the bird is rich reddish brown particularly around the head, breast and back. This species is highly threatene. spoon-billed sandpiper population was estimated at 240–456 mature individuals or at maximum 228 pairs .Spoon billed Sandpiper Weight: M: 29-30g, size 14-16cm.

Spoon billed sandpiper habitat

Breeding habitats are usually lagoon spits or sandy ridges with low vegetation, such as birch and willow sedge, within which the chick can forage for invertebrates.

Spoon billed sandpiper food

Spoon-billed Sandpipers feed on a variety of larval and adult invertebrates, especially midges, mosquitoes, flies, beetles, and spiders

Range

India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

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Crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

crimson sunbird
Crimson sunbird male






















Crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

Crimson sunbird is a species of bird in the sunbird family.Crimson sunbirds are tiny, only 11 cm long. adult male has a crimson breast and maroon back. The rump is yellow and the belly is olive. The female has an olive-green back, yellowish breast and white tips to the outer tail feathers.

Habitat

Forest, forest edge, mangroves, secondary growth, gardens and parks.

Diet

Likes to drink nectar from flowers. Occasionally they are observed to feed on insects as well, especially when they have to feed their young.

Range

Bangladesh,India,Nepal and Bhutan.


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius)

Blue rock thrush
male

 
















Blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius)

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius) are members of the thrush family.adult male in summer has deep blue plumage overall, darker and browner on wings and tail.The female is not colourful like the male is, as it is dark brown in colour.Length: 7.9 - 9 inches (20 - 23 cm) 

Habitat

Rocky slopes and rocky areas.

Diet

Insects, lizards, fruits and berries.

Range

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


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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Strawberry finch (Amandava amandava)

Strawberry finch
 
















Strawberry finch (Amandava amandava)

Strawberry finch, red avadavat or red munia is a sparrow-sized bird of the family Estrildidae.strawberry finch is a delightfully small bird that takes on spectacular plumage during its breeding season. male bird's rich red feathers that appear when it's time to attract a mate. Both male and female birds have a dull, brown coloration when not breeding. red avadavat  birds are very small in size ranging from 3-4inches (9-10cm).

Habitat

Grasses or crops often near water.

Diet

Grass seeds but will also take insects.

Range

Bangladesh,Nepal,India,Bhutan and Pakistan

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Brown-cheeked rail((Rallus indicus)

Brown-cheeked rail((Rallus indicus)















Brown-cheeked rail((Rallus indicus) 

Brown-cheeked rail or eastern water rail is a species of bird in the family Rallidae.winter visitor of Indian Subcontinent.It used to be considered  a subspecies of the water rail.size23-28.

Habitat

Marshes

Diet

Small insects,molluscs,and worms.

Range

Bangladesh,Nepal and India.

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Greater necklaced laughingthrush(Garrulax pectoralis)

Greater necklaced laughingthrush(Garrulax pectoralis)

 






















Greater necklaced laughingthrush(Garrulax pectoralis) 

Greater necklaced laughingthrush is a species of passerine bird in the family Leiothrichidae.larger than lesser necklaced laughingthrush.

Habitat

Broadleaved forst.

Diet

Insects and other small creatures. 

Range

Nepal,Bhutan,Bangladesh and India.

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Red junglefowl-Gallus gallus

red junglefowl male
red junglefowl male
















Red junglefowl-Gallus gallus

Description

Red junglefowl is a tropical bird in the family Phasianidae.The colourful male (about 80cm) has white ear patches and a white puff at the base of his tail.  female red jungle fowl  (about 40cm) has dull brown streaky plumage.Juveniles look similar to females but have slightly darker underparts.These are noisy, vocal birds with shrill, cackling calls that sound similar to domestic chickens.

Habitat

Woodland,scrub areas grassland,agricultural areas fringes of forests and jungles.

Diet

Seeds, grain, small insects, and fruit.

Range

Bangladesh,Bhutan,NepaL and India.


red junglefowl male
red junglefowl female
























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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Short-eared owl-Asio flammeus

Short-eared owl
 















Short-eared owl-Asio flammeus

Description

Short-eared owls are medium sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. short-eared owl is a medium-sized owl measuring 34–43 cm.Males and females are not easily distinguishable from each other externally, but females are usually slightly larger.widespread winter visitor and passage migrant of Indian Subcontinent.

Habitat

Grassland,open country and semi desert.

Diet

Small mammals such as mice, ground squirrels, shrews, rats, bats, muskrats and moles.

Range

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

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

White-browed wagtail-Motacilla maderaspatensis

 

White-browed wagtail
















White-browed wagtail|(Motacilla maderaspatensis)

Description

The white-browed wagtail or large pied wagtail is a medium-sized bird and is the largest member of the wagtail family.White-browed Wagtail is a large wagtail at 21cm.It is a large wagtail of black and white plumage and with a prominent white eyebrow.white-browed wagtail is a resident breeder in India and is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.This bird is the size of a Bulbul.This bird lives almost entirely on the ground, running about instead of hopping like most small birds.

Habitat

Bank of river,pools, lakes, canals and irrigation barrages

Diet

Mainly feed upon orthopterans, caterpillars and spiders, stayphylinid beetles and pentatomid bugs.

Range

Bangladesh,India,Pakistan,Sri Lnaka,Nepal and Bhutan


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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Greater racket-tailed drongo-Dicrurus paradiseus

greater racket-tailed drongo

 






















Greater racket-tailed drongo-Dicrurus paradiseus

Description

The greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) is a medium-sized (32cm) Asian bird .Black plumage with metallic blue or greenish-blue gloss,arching, helmet-like crest Notched tail with long, whorled rackets (sometimes damaged or missing).

Habitat

Broadleaved forest and bamboo forest

Diet

insects,fruits and nectar

Range

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Srilanka and Bhutan

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Black-winged stilt-Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged stilt

 















Black-winged stilt-Himantopus himantopus

The Black-winged Stilt is a large black and white wader with long orange-red legs and a straight black bill.They have the longest legs in relation to their body of any bird in the world. Plumage is very variable and head markings can differ enormously, but they invariably have black wings.black winged stilt is a  common bird of Indian subcontinent. summer visitor of Pakistan. India and Sri Lanka; widespread winter visitor.

Habitat

lakes, wetlands, rivers & streams

Diet 

Black-winged Stilts feed mainly insects, crustaceans.

Range

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

Black-winged stilt






















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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Chestnut munia-Lonchura atricapilla

Chestnut munia
















Chestnut munia-Lonchura atricapilla

Chestnut munia or black-headed munia (Lonchura atricapilla) is a small passerine.A medium-sized munia with a very large, pale blue or whitish bill.The chestnut munia is 11–12 cm in length. The adult has a stubby pale grey-blue bill, black head, and brown body, with a brick red patch on the lower back, visible only when it flies. Some races also have a black belly.

Habitat

Grassland and cultivated grassy areas rice fields and forest.

Diet

Grain and other seeds.

Range

Bangladesh,India,Nepal and Bhutan.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Greater flameback-Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus

greater flameback Male
Male
 























Greater flameback (Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus)

The greater flameback woodpecker also known as greater goldenback and species of bird in the Picidae family.greater goldenback  is a large Woodpecker (33cm).The adult male always has a red crown. Females have a crown color varying between subspecies.greater flameback is a widespread and common resident breeder from the Indian subcontinent.

Habitat

Evergreen forest and mangrove.

Diet

Small invertebrates

Range

Bangladesh,Nepal,Bhutan and India.

greater flameback female
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Great egret-Ardea alba

great egret bird
Great Egret

 






















Great egret (Ardea alba)

Great Egret bird is a large (90-102) size egret of indian subcontinent countries.They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill.

Habitat

Near any water body, occurring along streams, lakes, in saltwater and freshwater marshes, muddy areas and ponds.

Diet

Amphibians,fish, reptiles, mice, and other small animals.

Range

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

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Purple sunbird- Cinnyris asiaticus

purple sunbird breeding male
purple sunbird breeding male

 






















Purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)

Purple sunbird is a small bird in the sunbird family.Found mainly in West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia.The male is glossy metallic bluish to purplish black on the upper parts with the wings appearing dark brown.female purple sunbird are olive brown above with a yellowish underside.

Size

10cm

Habitat

Found in gardens and even in dense urban areas, where they are usually observed near flowering shrubs and trees.

Dite

They feed mainly on nectar but also take fruits and insects.

Range

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

purple sunbird eclipse plumage
purple sunbird eclipse plumage























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White-rumped shama-Copsychus malabaricus

white rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
white rumped shama (male)

 






















White-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

The white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus) is a small passerine bird of the family Muscicapidae. Native to densely vegetated habitats in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.this bird has a glossy blue-black head, nape, back and upperbreast. It has black wings and tail, white rump and outer tail feathers, rufous belly and lower breast, a black bill and pink legs and feet.

Size

25cm

Habitat

The white-rumped shama is found in forested areas, secondary jungle or where there is thick cover.

Diet

white-rumped shama feeds on insects such as ants, grasshoppers, centipedes, black ants, worms, spiders and other small creatures.

Range

Bangladesh,Bhutan,Nepal,Sri Lanka and Nepal.

white rumped shama (Female)
white rumped shama (Female)

























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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Plain prinia-Prinia inornata

prinia birds
Plain prinia

 






















Plain prinia (Prinia inornata)

plain prinia is a small cisticolid warbler.it is the most widespread species of Indian subcontinent countries.The plain prinia builds its nest in a shrub or tall grass and lays three to six eggs. 

Size-13cm

Habitats:

Typically found in wet lowland grassland, open woodland, scrub and sometimes gardens.

Range:

Bangladesh,Pakistan,India,Nepal,Sri Lanka And Bhutan

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Snowy-browed flycatcher-Ficedula hyperythra


Snowy-browed flycatcher-Ficedula hyperythra
Snowy-browed flycatcher















Snowy-browed flycatcher(Ficedula hyperythra)

The snowy-browed flycatcher is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae.tiny flycatcher with a large-headed, large-eyed, stub-tailed appearance.snowy-browed flycatcher is a rare forest bird of the Indian subcontinent countries.

Size-11cm

Habitats

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

Range

Nepal,Bangladesh and Bhutan

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Eurasian hoopoe- Upupidae

 

eurasian hoopoe bird


Eurasian hoopoe or Common hoopoe (Upupidae)

DESCRIPTION:

eurasian hoopoe is the most widespread species of Indian subcontinent countries.Eurasian hoopoe is a medium-sized bird, 25–32 cm.They inhabit rural gardens and parks, urban areas, orchards, sand-heathland, olive groves, plantations, vineyards, steppe, dry savanna, temperate grasslands and tropical and subtropical dry grasslands.

Diet:

crickets, cicadas, grasshoppers, beetles, locusts, earwigs, ant lions, bugs and large ants

eurasian hoopoe bird















Range:

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


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Friday, January 8, 2021

Oriental magpie-robin- Copsychus saularis

Oriental magpie-robin- Copsychus saularis
Male

 
















Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)

DESCRIPTION:

Oriental Magpie Robin is a member of the Thrush family. Its scientific name is Copsychus saularis.The Oriental Magpie-Robin is a medium-sized robin (19-20 cm).It is found in cultivated areas and open woodlands. It also frequents human habitation surroundings.The Oriental Magpie-Robin can be found across most of the Indian subcontinent countries.

RANGE:

Bangladeehs,India,Bhutan,Nepal,Pakistan and Sri Lanka

DIET:

insects,flower nectar,earthworms,snails, small lizards and some plant matter.


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Cinereous tit-Parus cinereus

















Cinereous tit (Parus cinereus)

The cinereous tit is a species of bird in the tit family ParidaeThe cinereous tit is large for a tit at 12.5 to 14.0 cm.These birds are grey backed with white undersides.commonly found in open deciduous woodland, mixed forests, forest edges and gardens.

Diet-insects, seeds and nuts.

Range-Bangladesh,Bhutan,Nepal,India,Pakistan And Sri Lanka

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Common tailorbird-Orthotomus sutorius


 





















Common tailorbird

Scientific name:Orthotomus sutorius

Size-13cm

Common Tailorbird is a small bird (13cm).Popular for its nest made of leaves "sewn" together and immortalized.

Range-Bangladesh,Bhutan,Nepal,India,Pakistan And Sri Lanka

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Indian stone-curlew or Indian thick-knee -Burhinus indicus


 















Indian stone-curlew or Indian thick-knee

Scientific name:Burhinus indicus

Size-36-39cm

Range-Bangladesh,India,Nepal,Bhutan,Pakinstan and Sri Lanka

Indian stone-curlew or Indian thick-knee is a species of bird in the family Burhinidae. 

Diet-insects. Worms, insects, small reptiles and seeds
















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Siberian rubythroat-Luscinia calliope


 






















Siberian rubythroat

Scientific name: Luscinia calliope

The Siberian rubythroat (Calliope calliope) is a small passerine bird.The male has a red throat edged with a narrow black and then a broad white border.

Range-Bangladesh,Bhutan,India,Nepal

Size-14cm

Habitat-It can be found in open grasslands and scrub

Food-insects,larvae including ants, wasps, beetles, mosquitoes, bugs and spiders.


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Ruddy shelduck-Tadorna ferruginea


 















Ruddy shelduck

Scientific name-Tadorna ferruginea

Range-Pakistan,Bhutan,Bangladesh,India,Nepal

Ruddy shelduck is a member of the duck, goose and swan family.

Habitat- salty or freshwater lakes and rivers. 

Diet-grasses, leaves, seeds worms, insects and also small fish 
















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Common pochard- Aythya ferina


Common pochard
















Common pochard

Scientific name: Aythya ferina

Range-India,Bangladesh,Nepal,Bhutan,Pakistan

The common pochard is a medium-sized diving duck (42-49cm).

Habitat- neutral swamps, marshes, lakes and slow-flowing rivers


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Grey heron-Ardea cinerea

 
















Grey heron

Scientific name: Ardea cinerea

Size-90-98 cm

The grey heron is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family. They eat lots of fish, but also small birds and mammals.

Range-India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri lanka, Pakistan, Maldives.


















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