Brown Shrike

Common name: Brown Shrike Binomial name: Lanius cristatus Description: It is a medium- sized 20cm shrike with brown upper parts and a creamy underside. Like most other shrikes, it has a distinctive black bandit- mask through the eyes. Call: A repeated trilling "chee- chee- cheee". Diet: Insects mostly, occasionally small reptiles and smaller birds. Habitat:... Continue Reading →

Blue Peacock

Common name: Blue Peacock/ Indian Peafowl Binomial name: Pavo cristatus Description: It is a large 110cm long bird bill to tail, and may have a train fully grown to as long as another 100cm. It is among the largest of the Phasianidae. The male has a metallic blue crown with a fan- shaped bluish- green... Continue Reading →

Brahminy Kite

Common name: Brahminy Kite Binomial name: Haliastur indus Description: It is a 50cm distinctive and contrastingly coloured bird with chestnut plumage and a white head and breast, as well as black wing tips. The juveniles are browner overall, and can be distinguished from the rarer black kites by its paler appearance and its rounded tail... Continue Reading →

Whimbrel

Common name: Whimbrel Binomial name: Numenius phaeopus Description: It is a 40cm long wader in the Scolopacidae family, with mainly greyish- brown upper plumage and white back. It has a prominent brown lateral eye stripe and broad whitish brow which distinguishes it from the larger Eurasian curlew. It also has a long curved bill. Call:... Continue Reading →

Lesser Adjutant

Common name: Lesser Adjutant Binomial name: Leptoptilos javanicus Description: A large 120 cm wading bird in the Ciconiidae stork family. It has a pale head, black upper plumage and white belly. During breeding season, its face is reddish and its neck orange. It retracts its neck in flight. It lacks the pendulous neck pouch seen... Continue Reading →

Pink- necked Green Pigeon

Common name: Pink- necked Green Pigeon Binomial name: Treron vernans Description: A frugivore medium- sized 30cm pigeon. The adult male has a grey head, pinkish neck and upper breast, with green back and wings. The adult female has mostly green plumage, with mild yellow tones. Call: Not particularly vocal, makes whistling calls, sometimes ending with... Continue Reading →

Oriental Magpie-Robin

Common name: Oriental Magpie-Robin Binomial name: Copsychus saularis Description: A small 19cm Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers family), the male has black upperparts and head, with a white shoulder streak. Its underparts are mostly white. The female is greyish black above, and greyish white below. Call: Sings a melodious series of rising and falling whistles from... Continue Reading →

Black- naped Oriole

Common name: Black-naped Oriole Binomial name: Oriolus chinensis Description: A 25cm passerine bird with golden plumage, a pink bill and a broad black mask and nape. The juvenile has a streaked underside. Call: Usual call a very nasal "ieeeeee", and its song is a flute- like "ieeee weee weeee- eawwwww" Diet: Berries, grains, small insects... Continue Reading →

Blue- throated Bee- eater

Common name: Blue- throated Bee- eater Binomial name: Merops viridis Description: Adults may grow to 30cm, including tail streamers. Their throats are a signature blue; and they have mostly bluish- green plumage with mahogany crowns and mantles, black eyestripes and a bluish streamer tail. Juveniles are mostly green, and lack the spectacular crown and mantle.... Continue Reading →

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