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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Great White Pelican

The Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) also known as the Eastern White PelicanRosy Pelican or White Pelican is a bird in the pelican family.It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes.
The Great White Pelican is a huge bird, with only the Dalmatian Pelican averaging larger amongst the pelicans. The wingspan can range from 226 to 360 cm (7.41 to 11.8 ft), with the latter measurement the largest recorded among extant flying animals outside of the great albatrosses.The total length of the Great White Pelican can range from 140 to 180 cm (55 to 71 in), with the enormous bill comprising 28.9 to 47.1 cm (11.4 to 18.5 in) of that length.

Siberian Rubythroat

The Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope) 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 similar small European species, are often called chats.
It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in mixed coniferous forest with undergrowth in Siberia. It nests near the ground. It winters in India and Indonesia. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe, having occurred on a very few occasions as far west as Britain.
The Siberian Rubythroat is slightly larger than the European Robin. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium.
The male has a red throat edged with a narrow black and then a broad white border. It has a strong white supercilium. Females lack the brightly coloured throat and borders.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spot-winged Rosefinch

The Spot-winged Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodopeplus), also known as the Spotted Rosefinch, is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is found in China,IndiaMyanmar, and Nepal. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.

Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler

The Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga albiventer) is a species of passerine bird in the Old World babbler family Timaliidae.
It is found in IndiaBhutanMyanmarNepalThailandTibet and Vietnam. The Taiwan Wren-babbler was once treated as a subspecies of this species.
Its natural habitat is subtropical moist montane forest. Within that habitat it is usually found near water. The species undertakes some altitudeinal migration, moving closer to sea level during the winter over some of its range.
The Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler is a very small babbler with almost no tail, around 9 cm long and weighing between 19-23 g. The plumage is olive on the back and lightly scalloped on the chest.

Mistle Thrush

The Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. It is found in open woods and cultivated land over all of Europe and much of Asia. Many northern birds move south during the winter, with migrating birds sometimes forming small flocks.

Little Forktail

The Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family.
It is found in AfghanistanBangladeshBhutanChinaIndiaKazakhstanMyanmarNepalPakistanTaiwanTajikistan, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moistmontane forests.

Yellow-browed Tit

The Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus) is a species of bird in the family Paridae. It is placed in the monotypic genus Sylviparus.
It is found in BhutanChinaIndiaLaosBurmaNepalThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Himalayan Monal

The Himalayan MonalLophophorus impejanus also known as the Impeyan Monal or Impeyan Pheasant or Danphe is a bird of genus Lophophorus of thepheasant family, Phasianidae. It is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as the Danfe, and the state bird of Uttarakhand.
Traditionally, the Himalayan Monal has been classified as monotypic. However, studies have shown that the male Himalayan Monals of northwestern India lack the white rump that other Himalayan Monals have, and have more green on the breast, indicating the possibility of a second subspecies
The scientific name commemorates Lady Mary Impey, the wife of the British chief justice of Bengal, Sir Elijah Impey.

Snow Pegion

The Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota) is a species of bird in the Columba genus in the Columbidae family.
Snow Pigeon has a blackish head contrasting with white neck collar and white underparts shading into ashy on the abdomen. Back is brownish grey with a white patch on the lower back. Wing is pale grey with three brown bands. The black tail has a clear white band in the middle which narrows and curve forward to reach the tip of outermost tail features. Young birds have narrow pale buff margins to the feathers of the upper parts and wings. The white of the underparts is sullied with buff

Stripe-throated Yuhina

The Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis) is a bird species in the white-eye family Zosteropidae.
It is found in BhutanChinaIndiaLaosMyanmarNepal, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

The Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush (Garrulax erythrocephalus) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. It is found in BhutanChinaIndia, and Nepal.
This species is sometimes placed in the genus Trochalopteron.
The Assam Laughingthrush, formerly included as a subspecies, is now usually regarded as a separate species.

Striated Laughingthrush

The Striated Laughingthrush (Garrulax striatus) is a bird species in the Old World babbler family (Timaliidae). In the proposed rearrangement of thelaughingthrushes, it is placed in the monotypic genus Grammatoptila, as G. striata.
It is found in the northern temperate regions of the Indian Subcontinent and ranges across BhutanIndiaMyanmarTibet and Nepal. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Maroon Oriole

The Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii) is a species of bird in the Oriolidae family, ranging across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is found in Bangladesh,BhutanCambodiaIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalTaiwanThailandTibet, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Golden Bush Robin

The Golden Bush Robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus) is a species of songbird in the Muscicapidae family, found in the northern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. It ranges across BhutanIndiaMyanmarNepal,PakistanTibetThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.

Yellow-rumped Honeyguide

Clicked Location & Date : Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan ( 3rd May 2017)
The Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus) is a sparrow-sized bird in the honeyguide family that is found in Asia, mainly in montane forests along theHimalayas. They are very finch-like but the feet are strong and the feet are zygodactyl, with two toes facing forward and two backward. They perch on honeycombs and feed on wax. Males tend to be territorial and stay near honeycombs while females and juveniles forage widely. They are brood-parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of tree-hole breeders, possibly barbets.

Brown Bullfinch

The Brown Bullfinch (Pyrrhula nipalensis) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family.
It is found in BhutanChinaIndiaMalaysiaMyanmarNepalPakistanTaiwan, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. The Brown Bullfinch is a relatively small(16.5 cm) bird with a grayish head, nape, and breast. Its diet consists of nuts and native conifers. InBhutan or Vietnam it may be seen in a pair or a group.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Grey-sided Bush Warbler

The Grey-sided Bush Warbler (Cettia brunnifrons) is a species of bush warbler (family Cettiidae). It was formerly included in the "Old World warbler" assemblage.
It is found in South Asia.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Changeable Hawk Eagle

The Changeable Hawk-Eagle or Crested Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) is a bird of prey species of the family Accipitridae. It was formerly placed in the genusSpizaetus, but studies pointed to the group being paraphyletic resulting in the Old World members being placed in Nisaetus (Hodgson, 1836) and separated from theNew World species.[2]
Changeable Hawk-Eagles breed in the Indian Subcontinent, mainly in India and Sri Lanka, and from the southeast rim of the Himalaya across Southeast Asia toIndonesia and the Philippines. This is a bird occurring singly (outside mating season) in open woodland, although island forms prefer a higher tree density. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays a single egg.

Chestnut-headed Tesia

The Chestnut-headed Tesia (Tesia castaneocoronata) is a songbird species formerly in the "Old World warbler" but nowadays placed in the bush warbler family(Cettiidae).
It is found in BangladeshBhutanChinaIndiaLaosMyanmarNepalThailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowlandforests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Ruddy Breasted crake

The Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca), or Ruddy Crake, is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae.
Its breeding habitat is swamps and similar wet areas across south Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to south China,Japan and Indonesia. It has been recorded as a vagrant from the Australian territory of Christmas Island. This crake nests in a dry location on the ground in marsh vegetation, laying 6-9 eggs. It is mainly a permanent resident throughout its range, but some northern populations migrate further south in winter.
The Ruddy-breasted Crake is about 22–23 cm long. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail. Coloring includes a pale brown back and chestnut head and underparts, with white barring on the flanks and undertail. The bill is yellowish, and the eyes, legs, and feet are red.
The sexes are similar, but juveniles are dark brown with some white spotting.

White-crested Laughingthrush

The White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) is an Old World babbler. It is found in forest and scrub from the Himalayan foothills to Indochina. It formerly included the Sumatran Laughingthrush as a subspecies, but unlike that species the plumage of the White-crested Laughingthrush is rufescent-brown and white, and the black mask is relatively broad.

Sprangled Drongo

The Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) is a bird of the family Dicruridae.
The Spangled Drongo is the only Drongo to be found in Australia. "Drongo" is Australian slang for "idiot", possibly referring to the bird's uninhibited and sometimes comical behaviour as it swoops and perches in search of insects, small birds and occasionally, small skinks.
Whilst this bird is often silent, it sometimes makes astonishingly loud, complex and entertaining calls that may sound like a "sneeze".
The most remarkable characteristic of its appearance is its tail, which is described by Morcombe as "long, outcurved and forked"and on first examination looks like its feathers are crossed over - like crossing your fingers.
Its basically black plumage is iridescent with blue and purple highlights. When it - seasonally - visits urban areas it is easily tamed by throwing small pieces of raw meat into the air, when it will accurately swoop and catch them mid-air.
The Spangled Drongo is an amazing mimic taking most of her vocabulary from the sounds she hears and weaving them into her own virtuoso aria.