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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Red-flanked Bush Robin

The Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus), also known as the Orange-flanked Bush-robin, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and related species, are often called chats.
At 13–14 cm long and 10–18 g weight, the Red-flanked Bluetail is similar in size and weight to the Common Redstart and slightly smaller (particularly with a slimmer build) than the European Robin. As the name implies, both sexes have a blue tail and rump, and orange-red flanks; they also have a white throat and greyish-white underparts, and a small, thin black bill and slender black legs. The adult male additionally has dark blue upperparts, while females and immature males are plain brown above apart from the blue rump and tail, and have a dusky breast. In behaviour, it is similar to a Common Redstart, frequently flicking its tail in the same manner, and regularly flying from a perch to catch insects in the air or on the ground. The male sings its melancholy trill from treetops. Its call is a typical chat "tacc" noise. The nest is built on or near the ground, with 3–5 eggs which are incubated by the female

Bronzed Drongo

The Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) is a small Indomalayan bird belonging to the drongo group. They are resident in the forests of the Indian Subcontinent andSoutheast Asia. They capture insects flying in the shade of the forest canopy by making aerial sallies from their perches. They are very similar to the other drongos of the region but are somewhat smaller and compact with differences in the fork depth and the patterns of gloss on their feathers.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

White-tailed Rubythroat

The White-tailed Rubythroat or Himalayan Rubythroat (Luscinia pectoralis) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is closely related to the Siberian Rubythroat which however lacks the distinctive white tail-tips and white tail bases. It is found along the Himalayan ranges from Afghanistan to Burma. Severalsubspecies are recognized across its wide range.

Altai Accentor

The Rufous-streaked Accentor or Altai Accentor, (Prunella himalayana) is a species of bird in the Prunellidae family. It is found in AfghanistanBhutanIndia,KazakhstanMongoliaNepalPakistanRussiaTajikistanTibet and Turkmenistan.

Asian Barred Owlet

The Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides) is a species of true owl, resident in northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. It ranges across (N central and NE IndiaNepal Bhutan, N Bangladesh) and SE Asia (MyanmarThailandCambodiaLaosVietnam). Its natural habitat is temperateforest.

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

The Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus) is a small passerine bird currently placed in the cuckoo-shrike family but possibly closer to the bushshrikesof Africa. It is found in the forests of tropical southern Asia from the Himalayas and hills of the Indian subcontinent east to Indonesia. Mainly insectivorous it is found hunting in the mid-canopy of forests, often joining mixed-species foraging flocks. They perch upright and have a distinctive pattern of black and white, males being more shiny black than the females. In some populations the colour of the back is brownish while others have a dark wash on the underside.

Striated Prinia

The Striated Prinia (Prinia crinigera) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae family. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent, with a smaller disjunct populations in parts of Southeast Asia. It ranges across BangladeshBhutanIndiaMyanmarNepal and Taiwan.

Whistler's Warbler

Whistler's Warbler (Seicercus whistleri) is a species of leaf warbler (family Phylloscopidae). It was formerly included in the "Old World warbler" assemblage.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent, primarily the Himalayas. Its range includes BhutanIndiaNepalTibet and Pakistan. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest.

Red-breasted Parakeet

The Red-breasted parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) is among the more widespread species of the genus and is the species which has the most geographical variations. It is easily identified by the large reddish patch on its breast. An alternative name is the Moustached Parakeet depending on subspecies. Most of the subspecies are confined to small islands or a cluster of islands in Indonesia. One subspecies occurs in the Andaman islands, and one subspecies occurs in continental Southeast Asia and partly extending to northeastern parts of South Asia along the foothills of the Himalayas. Some of the island races may be threatened by the wild bird trade. The nominate race, which occurs in Java, is close to extinction.
Feral populations of this species have now established themselves in cities like Mumbai and small numbers occur in other cities such as Chennai andBangalore in India.

Steppe Eagle

The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a bird of prey. It is about 62–81 cm (24–32 in) in length and has a wingspan of 1.65–2.15 m (5.4–7.1 ft). Females, weighing 2.3–4.9 kg (5–10.8 lbs), are slightly larger than males, at 2–3.5 kg (4.4–7.7 lbs). Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae
It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are

Barn Swallow

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world,  It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".
The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cupnest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight

Scaly-bellied Woodpecker

The Scaly-bellied Woodpecker (Picus squamatus) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions, ranging across AfghanistanIranIndiaNepalPakistan, and Turkmenistan.

Whiskered Yuhina


The Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis) is a bird species in the white-eye family Zosteropidae.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across BangladeshBhutanIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalThailand, and Vietnam. Its naturalhabitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Small Niltava


The Small Niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family, native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is found inBangladeshBhutanIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalThailandTibet and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lemon-rumped Warbler

The Lemon-rumped Warbler or Pale-rumped Warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus) is a species of Old World warbler in the Phylloscopidae family. It is found in the western Himalayas to central China.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

The Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across BangladeshBhutanHong KongIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Plumbeous Water Redstart


The Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosa) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found inAfghanistanBhutanChinaIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalPakistanTaiwanThailand, and Vietnam.
Their preferred habitat is fast moving streams with boulders. Streams with higher populations of insects such as mayfliesappear to be preferred

Buff-barred Warbler

The Buff-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus pulcher) is a species of leaf warbler (family Phylloscopidae). It was formerly included in the "Old World warbler" assemblage.
It is found in BhutanChinaIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are boreal forests and temperate forests

Slaty-blue Flycatcher

The Slaty-blue Flycatcher (Ficedula tricolor) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family.
It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across BangladeshBhutanIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalPakistanThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Brown Dipper

The Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii), alternatively known by the common names Pallas's DipperAsian Dipper or the Asiatic Dipper, is an aquatic songbird found in the mountains of southern and central Asia. At 22 cm (8.7 in) and 87 grams (3.1 oz), it is the largest of the dippers. This species, which is not often seen, is found at medium to low elevations where mountain streams flow.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blue-capped Redstart

The Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephala) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family.
It is found in most of the Himalayas and the northern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, with its range extending across Tajikistan and AfghanistanPakistan and the Kashmir disputed region into the Republic of India, from eastwards across Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal, to Nepal and Bhutan, and further east to Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining regions.
Its natural habitat is temperate forests.