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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bank Myna

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) is a myna found in South Asia. It is smaller but similar in colouration to the Common Myna but differs in having a brick red bare skin behind the eye in place of yellow. It is greyer on the underside and in this and in the presence of a slight tuft of feathers bears some resemblance to theJungle Myna. They are found in flocks on the plains of northern and central India, often within towns and cities. Their range appears to be extending southwards in India. The name is derived from their habit of nesting almost exclusively in the earthen banks of rivers where they excavate holes and breed in large colonies

Monday, June 18, 2012

Upland Pipit

Record Shot
Pangot- June 2012
The Upland Pipit (Anthus sylvanus) is a species of bird in the Motacillidae family. It is found in AfghanistanChinaHong KongIndia,Nepal, and Pakistan.

Hill Myna

Sattal -May 2012

The common hill myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as hill myna, is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starlingfamily (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka hill myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano hill myna (G. enganensis) and Nias hill myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the southern hill myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species, also.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

White-tailed Nuthatch

The White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis) is a species of bird in the Sittidae family. It is found in BhutanChinaIndiaLaos,MyanmarNepal, and Vietnam.

It may be identified by the buff underside, smaller beak than in Sitta cashmirensis. The white on the upper tail coverts is difficult to see in the field. It has a small bill and rufous-organge underparts with unmarked bright rufous undertail-coverts.
Resident in the sub-Himalayan range form Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh and into the South Assam Hills (Lushai Hills). It breeds from March to May in broad-leaved and mixed forest
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

MALE

FEMALE
The Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and in some populations a black and rufous plumage while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. They feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.

Ashy Bulbul


The Ashy Bulbul (Hemixos flavala) is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across BangladeshBhutanCambodiaIndiaIndonesiaLaosMalaysiaBurmaNepal,SingaporeThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

White-bellied Erpornis


The White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca) or simply Erpornis is a species of bird. It is the only member of the genus Erpornis. This bird is found inBangladeshBhutanBruneiCambodiaChinaIndiaIndonesiaLaosMalaysiaMyanmarNepalSingaporeTaiwanThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitatis subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Formerly placed in Yuhina and often still misleadingly called "White-bellied Yuhina", it is the most distinct member of this "genus" in its obsolete paraphyleticdelimitation. It is by no means closely related to the Timaliidae (Old World babblers), where most of the former members of Yuhina are still placed. The Timaliidae are members of the superfamily Sylvioidea in infraorder Passeri, whereas the Erpornis is the closest relative of the vireos (Vireonidae), which are a more ancient lineage of songbirds. Indeed, it may eventually be included in the Vireonidae as one of their few Old World representatives.
In its coloration, morphology and acrobatic habits it resembles a vireo quite a lot. However, it has a prominent crest like many "yuhinas", which together with the unusual biogeography has served to obscure its true relationships for long.

Black Bulbul

The Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus), also known as the Himalayan Black BulbulAsian Black Bulbul or Square-tailed Bulbul, is a member of thebulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in southern Asia from India east to southern China. It is the type species of the genus Hypsipetes, established by Nicholas Aylward Vigors in the early 1830s.[2] There are a number of subspecies across Asia, mostly varying in the shade of the body plumage (ranging from grey to black), and some also occur in white-headed morphs (as also suggested by its specific epithet leucocephalus, literally "white head"). The legs and bill are always rich orange-red. A former subspecies from the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka is often treated as a separated species, the Square-tailed Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes ganeesa).

Ultramarine Flycatcher

MALE

FEMALE

The Ultramarine Flycatcher or the White-browed Blue Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris) is a small arboreal Old World flycatcher in the ficedula family that breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in southern India. 

Slaty-headed Parakeet



The Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana) is the only psittacid species to exhibit altitudinal migration. The species' range extends from the foothills of the Western Himalayas in India, through Nepal and Bhutan and up to the Eastern Himalayas in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. They descend to the valleys in winter, approximately during the last week of October.

Blue-throated Flycatcher

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FEMALE
The Blue-throated Flycatcher (Cyornis rubeculoides) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. It resembles Cyornis tickelliae but easily separated by the blue throat. The habitat of this species is a thicker forest than other species of flycatchers. The Blue-Throated Flycatcher is found much of the Indian Subcontinent, all through the Himalayas, the plains and Western Ghats of India in the cold months, and also extends eastwards into Bangladesh, and to Arakan and the Tenasserim Hills in Myanmar.

Mountain Bulbul

The Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is often placed inHypsipetes, but seems to be closer to the type species of the genus Ixos, the Sunda Bulbul or Green-winged Bulbul (I. virescens).[1] It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush

The Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis) is a bird species in the Old World babbler family (Timaliidae). The species is sometimes placed in thegenus Ianthocincla, the placement used originally by John Gould. It ranges across the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent and some parts of Southeast Asia.

Lesser Yellownape


The Lesser YellownapePicus chlorolophus, is a type of woodpecker which is a widespread and often common breeder in tropical southern Asia from Indiaand Sri Lanka east to south China and Sumatra.
This is a jungle species which nests in a tree hole, laying two to four white eggs. Like other woodpeckers, this species has a straight pointed bill, a stiff tail to provide support against tree trunks, and zygodactyl or “yoked" feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backward. The long tongue can be darted forward to capture insects.
The Lesser Yellownape is a largish species at 27 cm in length. It has a typical woodpecker shape. The upperparts are green apart from the bright yellow tufted nape. The neck and breast are green and the belly is whitish, finely barred with green. The rump and tail are blackish.
The adult male Lesser Yellownape has a green head with a white throat. He has red markings above the eye and above the nape, and red moustachial stripes. Females have only a red patch above the ear coverts. Young birds are like the female, but duller. The subspecies occurring in peninsular India has a greyer head.
Three subspecies are known. Himalayan nominate, Peninsular chlorigaster, SL wells

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler


The Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family.
It is found in BangladeshBhutanChinaIndiaMyanmarNepalPakistanTaiwan, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forestsand subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Grey Treepie

The Grey Treepie, also known as the Himalayan Treepie, (Dendrocitta formosae) is an Asian treepie, a medium sized and long-tailed member of the crow family. They are widely distributed along the foothills of the Himalayas in South Asia and extending into Southeast Asia. The populations vary in plumage and several are named as subspecies.

Black-crested Tit

The Black-crested Tit (Parus melanolophus), also known as the Spot-winged Tit, is a species of bird in the Paridae family.
It is found in boreal forests and temperate forests in the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, mainly in the Himalayas, ranging across AfghanistanBhutan,IndiaNepal and Pakistan.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Blue-winged Siva


The Blue-winged Siva (Siva cyanouroptera), also known as the Blue-winged Minla, is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. It has in the past been placed in the genus Minla instead of the monotypic Siva.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across BangladeshBhutanCambodiaIndiaLaosMalaysiaMyanmarNepalThailandTibet, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Red-billed Leiothrix

The Red-billed LeiothrixLeiothrix lutea, is a member of the Old World babbler family, and is native to the Indian Subcontinent. Adults have bright red bills and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Their backs are dull olive green, and they have a bright yellow-orange throat with a yellow chin; females are somewhat duller than males, and juveniles have black bills. It has also been introduced in various parts of the world, with small populations of escapees having existed in Japansince the 1980s. It has become a common cagebird and amongst aviculturists it goes by various names: Pekin RobinPekin NightingaleJapanese Nightingale, and Japanese (Hill) Robin, the last two being misnomers as it is not native to Japan