Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Pictures and Detail


Cattle Egret on the Top of Tree


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Pictures and Detail- 


Most of people must have observed Cattle egret birds riding the back of a buffalo or some other animal. Cattle Egret birds are native of Asia, Africa and Europe. We can see these birds, in a wide geographical area other than their native lands because of their rapid growth. Cattle Egret presents an example of a wider natural expansion ever reached by any bird.

Beautiful, Cattle Egret
Beautiful Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret prefers to move along with grazing animals like buffalo because their activities and movements help cattle egret to catch its preys which are mostly insects. There are studies showing that Cattle Egret birds are more successful in catching prey when they are moving along with grazing animals as compared to catching preys alone


Cattle Egret, Wings Open,
Cattle Egret with wings open

[Update- 06/09/2016 -  Cattle Egrets are common birds if move out of cities. It is common to find them in the fields, near water bodies or around grazing cattle. Below, You can see the close up of face of an cattle egret whom I meet few days back and got better pics of Cattle egret.]

Face, Close Up, Cattle Egret,
Face Close up Cattle Egret

I have been watching these birds from my childhood and I was always thinking that why these birds ride on the back of an animal. Today, I know the answer that these birds are opportunistic and they look easy solutions to catch the insects. We can also see group cattle egret birds moving the behind a tractor plowing the field to catch insects.

Cattle Egret, Plowing,
Cattle Egret birds following the Tractor

Cattle Egrets are members of the Heron family Ardeidae. These birds are white in color; however, they can show red flush on legs and bill during the breeding season. Some populations of Cattle Egret are migratory while others are not.


Group of Cattle Egret Birds
Group of Cattle Egret Birds 

We can commonly found these birds in the grasslands, wetlands, rice fields, farms etc. It is much easier to find these birds and we just need to look at farms, grasslands or wetlands. These birds are commonly found in groups; though, we can find some of them catching preys alone. 



Cattle Egret,
Cattle Egret

These birds don't fear humans much and they may come very close. In the wet field, we can see cattle egrets waiting for the insects coming out of the fields, when water enters the holes in the fields. These birds have got this name because of their special relational with grazing animals. Cattle Egret eats are ticks and flies causing trouble to cattle, thus making a mutually beneficial relationship for both.

Cattle Egret
Cattle EGRET 
The positioning of eyes in the Cattle Egret helps to get a binocular view and some studies suggest that their eyes are capable of nocturnal activities. These bird nests in colonies which are commonly around the water bodies like wetlands.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

[Update - 06/09/2016 - Sometimes, it looks spectacular to watch Cattle Egret in the wet or green fields. Cattle egrets are common friends of farmers and it is common to find them in fields and sometimes, we can find hundreds of them in a single field. You can also enjoy these beautiful views by moving out with your camera.]

Cattle Egret in Wet field

The breeding season of Cattle Egret is from April to October, depending on their Geographical location. A new male is chosen for every breeding season.
Cattle Egret in a Wet Field
Cattle Egret in a Wet Field 

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail (Barbet with Loud Calls)

Great Barbet,
Great Barbet 

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail


Today, I will introduce you to the third Barbet with whom I met a few days back. First, I introduced you to the Brown-headed Barbet and then with Blue-throated Barbet. Now, it is time to meet the Great Barbet or Great Hill Barbet with whom I met near Baijnath Town in Himachal Pradesh. In my village, it is very common to hear the loud noise of great barbet, though, we sometimes also hear the voice of blue-throated barbet too. They sometimes come very close the trees near my home and many times, I have seen them in groups too. 

Great Barbet, in Trees

I found its location through his sharp calls which you can listen from a distance. Great Barbet is an Asian Barbet and it is the biggest among all Barbets. Like the other barbets, it is also a plump bird with a short neck, big head, and short tail.

Great Barbet

Great Barbet can be easily seen sitting on the top of a tree and making constant loud calls. Their calls are so constant that they become an integral part of the surrounding.


Great Barbet, Barbet,
Great Barbet
Great Hill Barbet mainly eats insects and fruits like the other barbets. This bird is mainly found in the lower and middle ranges of the Himalayas and their range is from Pakistan to Laos and they are resident (non-migratory) birds.

Great Hill Barbet, Barbet,
Great Hill Barbet

We also found some subspecies of Great Barbets depending on the geographical locations. The size of this bird is 32-33 cm and weigh around 200-220 g.
Great Barbet
Great Barbet
Great Barbet,

Great Hill Barbet has a blue head, brown neck, and red vent. Rest of body is green in color. Like the other barbets, it also has a large yellow bill. Both male and female Great Barbets look similar.

Beautiful Great Barbet
Beautiful Great Barbet
They make their nests in the tree cavities or holes. The male adult Great Barbet makes loud calls of Pio-pio-pio-pio which you can hear from a long distance.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher Pictures and Detail (A bird from the Paradise) (One of the most beautiful birds, I ever seen)

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Male

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Female
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Female

Asian Paradise Flycatcher Pictures and Detail


As the name suggests, when you see these birds for the first time, then it looks that you are seeing some birds from the paradise. These birds are very beautiful and fly very slowly from one branch of the tree to another branch like a weightless object is flying. 

The scientific name of these birds is Terpsiphone paradise and they are one of the most beautiful birds, I have ever seen. The male birds have a white colored body with long tail and glossy black colored head. Female birds are Rufous on the back and grayish throat and underparts.


Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
This is the advantage of bird photography that you get a chance to see the beauty of life so deeply. It was a lit bit challenge for me to capture the pictures of male and female Asian Paradise flycatcher because of their shy nature, they were flying away.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher 
After two months of chasing these birds, I become lucky by a sudden visit of a female Asian Paradise Flycatcher around me. I got a chance to capture some of its pictures; though to take the pictures of the male Asian Paradise Flycatcher it took me even more time.



Male, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher 

Asian Paradise flycatcher birds are native to Asia and we can find them in the long geographical area. The young males are rufous colored and they have a short tail.  These birds are found throughout India and we can find 14 sub-species of them depending on their color and size.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

The best way to find these birds is through their sharp and loud skreek-streek calls. As the name suggests, Asian Paradise Flycatchers eat insects and they catch them during the flight like other flycatcher birds.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Asian Paradise flycatcher is migratory birds and in winters they move to tropical  regions of Asia to avoid harsh winters. There breeding season is May to July and they give two to three eggs. We can find them mostly in pairs following each other.
male, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

I have a wonderful experience while taking pictures of these beautiful birds and I hope capture more in future. 

Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrine) Himalayan Sub Specie (Pictures, Detail and Video)

Orange-headed Thrush, Thrush,
Orange-headed Thrush

Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrina) (Pictures and Detail) 


During my last visit to Himachal Pradesh, I noticed that a bird with a very melodious voice is singing around me, so I took my camera and move forward to find it. After a few meter distance, I found this beautiful bird made a small video so that i can hear his voice again and again.

On some study, I found that it is an Orange-headed thrush and the bird which I captured is a Himalayan Sub Specie of this bird. The Himalayan Sub Specie of Orange-headed thrush can be distinguished by the small white colored patch on its wings which is missing in other species.

Orange-headed Thrush,
Orange-headed Thrush on Tree
Whenever I feel sad or depressed, I play the beautiful musical calls of this bird and soon, I feel refreshed. The nature has great power and these birds are part of our nature; however, human greed is destroying nature and thus killing innocent birds.

 Orange-headed Thrush,
Close up Orange-headed Thrush

When I took the pictures of this bird, then it allowed me to take as many pictures as I want without having any fear from me, this is unlike other birds who fear your presence.
Orange-headed Thrush. Back
 Orange-headed Thrush Back

The scientific name of this bird is Geokichla citrine and in my village, people call it Pihu and they believe that it calls for rain because he is thirsty. We can easily spot Orange-headed Thrush in all parts of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
Orange-headed Thrush Back
Orange-headed Thrush Back

This bird prefers well-wooded area and we don't see it in open. They mainly eat insects, earthworms and fruits. These birds are 8-9 inch long and the weight around 45 to 60 gm.
Orange-headed Thrush Face
Orange-headed Thrush Face

As it is clear from the name, they got their name from Orange colored head. Their upper part and wings are in grey color. The stomach area is whitish brown.
 Orange-headed Thrush
 Orange-headed Thrush 

Orange-headed Thrush makes melodious calls in the summer like a sweet music; however, they remain silent during the winters. They mostly prefer to remain or in pair, it is hard to see them in folks.
 Orange-headed Thrush, singing
 Orange-headed Thrush singing

They are more active during the morning and evening hours while looking for insects. Both male and female birds make the nest.

Below I am adding the video with melodious calls of Orange-headed thrush.

Video of Melodious Voice of Orange-headed Thrush

Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Pictures and Detail

Himachal, Russet Sparrow, Male
A Male Russet Sparrow (Himachal)

Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Pictures and Detail


Today, I will discuss second Sparrow on this blog, earlier I shared with you pictures and detail of House Sparrow and made you familiar with the disappearance of House Sparrow. Today, I am going to introduce you Russet Sparrow, another Sparrow, which is not so common like House Sparrow. 

The scientific name of this Sparrow is Passer Rutilans and it is also called Cinnamon or Cinnamon Tree Sparrow or Lal Guria (in Hindi). It is a Sparrow family bird and they have thick bill. There are three subspecies of Russet Sparrow. I have got pictures of the Russet Sparrow subspecies which is found in the Himalayan region. 


Male, Russet Sparrow
A Male Russet Sparrow with Insect 

I meet this bird while feeding the house sparrow at my village home near the Baijnath town of Hiamchal. I found that a Rufous colored sparrow is also coming to eat the rice. In my village, everyone has idea that it is also a house sparrow or a jungle sparrow just mixed with common sparrow.


Russent Sparrow, Female
Russet Sparrow Female
When I searched for this Sparrow, then I found that it is a Russet Sparrow and it is very different from the common sparrow.  The other difficult part was to find a female Russet Sparrow because both male and female Russet Sparrow looks different like the house sparrow pair. The female russet sparrow has a yellowish underpart and Rufous color is missing in it.
A Male Russet Sparrow
These birds, mainly eat grains and nut; though, they do enjoy small insects. People can find Russet Sparrow at hill stations because of the presence of these birds in hilly parts. We can easily find Russet Sparrow in the group of Common Sparrow because of same eating habits.

Russet Sparrow
Russet Sparrow
It is believed that voice of Russet Sparrow is the sweetest among all sparrows. Its calls are softer and more musical as compared to house sparrow. This bird is mainly found in Himalaya and Eastern Asia. I liked this bird very much and will share ,more information and picture of it with you.

Russet Sparrow, House Sparrow,
Russet Sparrow with House Sparrow

The Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus Sutorius) Pictures and Detail


Tailor Bird, Beautiful, Piddi,
Tailor Bird

 The Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus Sutorius) Pictures and Detail 


Today, I will introduce you to a small songbird, Common Tailorbird. In Hindi and many parts of India, this bird is called Piddi. If you are a nature lover and like to observe birds, then you must have noticed this small bird giving very pleasant calls. I came across this bird a number of times and a few times, I do get a chance to enjoy its sweet song.

Small Bird, Songbird, Common Tailorbird
A Beautiful Common Tailorbird


During the my stay in Hoshiarpur, I wake up many times with the sweet calls of the Common Tailor bird because few of them were visiting the tree behind my room. I have found common Tailorbirds at many locations in Punjab and they are very common. However, due to busy and noisy life, many people fail to enjoy the sweetness of their songs. 
Back View, Tailor Bird
Backview of Tailor Bird

The scientific name of this bird is Orthotomus Sutorius and it is a Warbler. The size of this bird is so small sometimes, you find it hard to pinpoint the exact location of it, It is common to find this bird in the Urban gardens or near human population. Common Tailorbird is an Asian bird and it is found in Tropical Asia. These birds are very shy in nature and we can only locate their location through their voice only.

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird

Update 20-08-2016 - Here new picture of Common Tailorbird from the above.

Common Tailorbird, Tailorbird, Tinybird
Common Tailorbird Pic from Above

We can easily recognize these birds through their long upright tail. Due to their small size and shy nature, it remains a challenge to take their pictures. In a life full of concrete jungles, it is very hard to find these birds and enjoy their sweet song. This is the disadvantage of today's highly crowded city life that we miss such small things.

Common Tailorbirds feed on small insects like beetles and bugs, thus cleaning the surrounding. We can hear their song or loud calls as cheeup-cheeup-cheeup. We can find them in garden, farmlands, open lands, forests etc. There are many subspecies of this bird are recognized.

The common tailorbird is a very small bird with a size of 10 to 15 cm and it weighs only 7 to 10 grams. These birds, mainly live alone and make pairs during the breeding season. Their breeding season ranges from March to November.

Common Tailorbird, Looking,
Common Tailorbird Looking for something
I love small birds like Common Tailorbird which makes very sweet voice and still you hardly see them because of their shy nature. I become friend with the Tailorbird above and he allowed to take some of its pics. I have a good collection of Common Tailorbird pics and in next few days, I will update this post with new pics of Common Tailorbird. 



Common Tailor Bird, Tailor Bird, Bird with Sweet Voice, Songbird
Common Tailorbird

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