Saturday, January 22, 2022

Pied avocet

Pied avocet
Pied avocet

 
















Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

The pied avocet is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. They breed in temperate Europe and across the Palearctic to Central Asia then on to the Russian Far East. It is a migratory species and most winter in Africa or southern Asia.

The pied avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. It is approximately 16.5–17.75 in (41.9–45.1 cm) in length of which the bill is approximately 2.95–3.35 in (7.5–8.5 cm) and the legs are approximately 3–4 in (7.6–10.2 cm). Its wingspan is approximately 30–31.5 in (76–80 cm).Males and females look alike. The juvenile resembles the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.

Habitat

These pied avocet species do not normally occur in forests. These species occur in altitudes from 0 to 3000 meters.The natural ecosystems of these pied avocet species include flooded tropical and subtropical grasslands, montane wetlands, river deltas, floodplains, freshwater lakes, coastal lagoons, marine lakes, brackish water lakes, intertidal mudflats, estuaries, marshes and alkaline lakes.

Diet

These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often scything their bills from side to side in water (a feeding technique that is unique to the avocets. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects.

Breeding habits

The breeding season of these pied avocet species varies vastly over their massive range. In general the breeding season in colder ranges is from April to August. In warm tropics and subtropics the breeding season is from June to November.The nesting sites of pied avocets are located in flat open areas on shallow freshwater, brackish water or saline wetlands, marshes, shallow lake edges, flooded fields, irrigated areas, coastal lagoons, mudflats and swamps.The pied avocet nest is a bare shallow depression or scrape on sand, dried mud, short grass, dead vegetation or a mound of plant debris. These birds nest in large, close colonies. The typical clutch may contain 3-5 pale buff colored eggs with a few small dark spots.These avocets are very noisy and highly aggressive during breeding season. They lower their head and neck chase away birds and other animals approaching their nest or entering their breeding territory.

Range

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


Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Sources Of Information

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

Wikipedia


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Friday, January 21, 2022

White-tailed stonechat

White-tailed stonechat
White-tailed stonechat

 















White-tailed stonechat (Saxicola leucurus)

The white-tailed stonechat is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae.White-tailed stonechats are resident in suitable marshy habitats across plains in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. The male has black head, white collar and bright rufous chest patch. The back and wings are dark, with white on wing coverts and rump.The female is very similar to female european stonechat, but is overall paler with duller rump, tail and wings.

Habitat

Tall Grassland

Range

Pakistan,India,Bangladesh and Nepal.

Sources Of Information

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

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Slaty-breasted rail

Slaty-breasted rail
                                                             Slaty-breasted rail
 

Slaty-breasted rail

The slaty-breasted rail (Lewinia striata) is a rail species native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.Breeding has been recorded in July near Dehradun in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

Habitat

These Lewinia rail species inhabits marshes, wetlands, reed-marsh, dense scrub jungles with water sources and mangroves.

Diet

The slaty-breasted rail feeds on marsh vegetation, seeds, shoots, berries, mollusks, worms, spiders, insect larvae and a variety of insects including ants, grasshoppers and beetles.

Range

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India Nepal and Bhutan.

External Links:Conservation Status:IUCN Red List Page

Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Sources Of Information

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

Wikipedia


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