Indian (House) Crow (Corvus Splendens) Pictures, My Experience with Indian Crows

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Indian House Crow

Indian (House) Crow (Corvus Splendens) Pictures 

When you live in India then it is very hard for your ignore this bird and it is Indian Crow. Also read Jungle Crow. It is also called House Crow and its scientific name is Corvus Splendens. These black colored birds are neither beautiful nor they have a sweet voice, but we can find them everywhere.

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Indian House Crow

It is common to hear their voices of Caw-caw when they are around. Most of the times, crows are unwanted visitors when you are feeding other birds. However, still I love them because they are very clever birds and they help us in cleaning environment by eating waste.

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Indian Crow on the Top of a Buffalo

Crows are very confident birds and they are very good in adapting to the new situations; therefore, they can survive in most of hard conditions. As I am writing this article, a crow is cawing outside my window. The disadvantage with crows is that they are so common that we most often ignore them.

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Indian House Crow
The race of crows which we found is Indian subcontitent has a gray neck collar. The crows are believed to be of Asian origin; however, due to their adaptability talent, we can find them around the world.

We can notice some variation in color and size of crows as per the area e.g. The hills crows are bigger in size and they don't have a gray collar on neck.

The hills crows are completely black in color and their voice is also slightly harder than common house crows. Mostly, people do not notice such difference in crows as they are mostly unwanted visitors and they are not admired like other birds.

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Bigger and Dark Black Crows of Hills

In this picture, you can clearly notice the difference with Common house crows and the crows from the Hills.

We can find crows in groups and in isolation also. They can fit any situation. Crows love to invite other crows when they find a good source of food.

Crows are very social in nature and they fight in groups when the enemy is bigger and powerful.

Crows in general love to settle near human habitats because here they find it easy to get food.

I like them and made a few of them my friends. The best way to attract them is to give them food, they love easy meal and likes to visit a place again and again if they get food there.

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Indian Crow from Back

The crows are also notorious for stealing food from humans and other animals; therefore some people don't like them. However, I think it is just a nature of this bird and they do it for food only.

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A Crow in Action
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A Crow
Crows are cleaning agents of nature because they immediately, clean many unwanted things from the earth; otherwise, these things might have created problems if uncleaned.

Crows can eat anything and they are very good at finding the food source. In the picture below, you can see them collecting insects from the Buffalo skin. This is a dual advantage situation for Buffalo and crows because Buffalo gets rid of troubling insects and crows find food.

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Crows collecting insects from Buffalo Skin

[Update- 13-09-2016 - I always thought that crows are very smart creatures; however, recently, I observed that Asian Koel is even smarter than them. The Koel lay its eggs in the crow's nest and thus crows take care of Asian Koel juveniles like their own kids. When I first read about this story that I don't believe that it is true. However, recently I saw it through my eyes where I saw crows feeding Koel juveniles. 

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A Crow feeding Juvenile Asian Keol (Female) 
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Juvenile Asian Koel (Female) Feed by House Crow
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Crow feeding Juvenile Asian Koels

All Pictures credit Arvind katoch and Arvindkatoch's Photography

Bird Photography needs a hell lot of Patience (Bird Photography Tip 1)

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Bird Photography Tip 1    Patience 

Being a Bird Photographer is not easy because birds are basically very shy and fearful in nature. As you try to go near them soon they fly away. This happens very often and sometimes, you become frustrated.

Birds are very sensitive to your any noise or movement; therefore, they immediately notice any of your actions. However, if you remain patience with them, then sometimes they surprise you by giving the perfect shots.

The more I indulge in Bird Photography more I found it interesting and worth spending my time. If you ask how much time, then even days are not enough.

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Patience in Bird Photography
You need to just try again and again till you become lucky with an excellent shot. A Bird Photographer comes back empty handed many times; therefore, you need to keep in mind that you need a hell lot of patience to become a good Bird Photographer.

It is much easier to take pictures of birds when they are caged; however, I don't like it because I enjoy them seeing free and in open sky.

Free (Wild) birds give more interesting impressions as compared to birds in cages. To be successful with wild birds, you need to be fully charged with a good dose of patience.

Here i want to quote an example of my experience with tiny birds, the main problem with all tiny birds is that they don't sit at a single place for a long time. It took me around one week to take pic of

A Beautiful Tiny Bird (Oriental white-eye)

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A Beautiful Tiny Bird (Oriental white-eye)

First few days are sometimes just required to judge their activities and their favorite places. When you have a clear map of their activities, then it becomes much easier for you to take their pictures. 

Though, sometimes you also become lucky as I become with 

A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

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A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

In every field, patience often plays a very important role in the success of a person and the same is true in Bird Photography. When you become a patient with birds, then they will also surprise you with their great avatars. 

The Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) or or White Cheeked Bulbul Pictures and Detail

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Himalayan Bulbul with Wild Cherry

The Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) 

Around my native village in the Baijnath Town of Himachal Pradesh, it is very common to see Himachal Bulbul birds. I love their sweet voice and beautiful look. I love to chase them with my camera whenever I visit my village.

The scientific name of Himalayan Bulbul is Pycnonotus leucogenys. These birds come under the songbirds because of their sweet voice. They belong to the Pycnonotidae family of birds. 
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Beautiful Pair of Himalayan Bulbul

I love the god gifted hair style of these birds which is sharper in male Himalayan Bulbul birds. It is a small bird with average of weight of 27 to 35 grams. We can recognize these birds with the pale yellow color their underside.
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It is common to find these birds in pairs or in small groups. Mostly, they are friendly birds and come very close to humans. At the village, few of Himalayan Bulbul birds come daily to eat rice which we put in the feeder for the house sparrows.

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Himalayan Bulbuls eating Rice

You can notice white cheeks of Himalayan Bulbul and because of these white cheeks, they are also known as White Cheeked Bulbul. Their main food is insects and flies; however, they eat grains and fruits too.

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Female Himalayan Bulbul 

It is common to witness the presence of white cheeked Bulbul in northern India. This bird is also found in adjoining hilly countries around India like Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc.

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Himalayan Bulbul Eating Guava
In the above picture, you can see a Himalayan Bulbul Bird eating a Guava Fruit. This picture is taken near Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh.

I got one more pic of Himalayan Bulbul with wild cherry in its beak. The main secret of the beauty of these wild birds lies in the natural food they eat.

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Himalayan Bulbul (Himachal Pradesh)

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) Pictures and Detail (Angry Bird)

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Close up of A Jungle Babbler

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) Pictures and Detail

I have grown up with these birds and the main thing about these birds is that they commonly found in the group and create lots of noise. The scientific name of Jungle Babbler is Turdoides Striata and one of the common Indian names is Seven Brothers or Seven Sisters. This bird also looks like Angry Bird from the famous cartoon series based on birds. It looks that the cartoonist got the inspiration from Jungle babbler for a few bird characters.
Jungle Babbler

We call them Jungle Babblers, however, I have mostly found them in cities. It looks that they have adapted well for city life whereas common babblers the other species of them are not that common and I got their pictures by visiting the nearby village. 

The bird family of these birds is Leiothrichidae and these birds are very common in the Indian Subcontinent. We can see them in forests, gardens and residential areas. I have become quite familiar with these birds and can easily recognize them by their noise. 
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A Jungle Babbler Sitting on a Branch of Guava Tree

Jungle Babblers have short wings; therefore, they have a short flight. The Jungle Babblers which are found in urban parts are slightly bigger than Jungle Babblers found in non-urban areas. By looking at the current pollution of the Jungle Babblers, it looks that they are on the safe side and presently, there is no threat to them. 

Jungle Babbler

In India, anyone can easily notice these birds if he puts some attention on birds around. It is easy to feed these birds because they love to eat leftovers or fresh food given to them. I have enjoyed a good relationship with them so far and they come very near to me. I have always found Jungle Babblers around me where ever I have lived.
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Baby Jungle Babbler

  Because of their noisy nature, we come to know about the presence of Jungle Babblers nearby. These birds are very social in nature and they always move in groups. They eat a variety of food like insects, grains, berries, etc.

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Jungle babbler from Backside

I feel fortunate that I grew up with these birds and got a chance to take so many of pictures of Jungle Babbler. These gray-colored birds are very beautiful and they show you many colors of life.
Jungle Babbler

We can learn a few lessons of socialization from Jungle Babbler because they always stay in a group and never leave their group.

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Side View of a Jungle Babbler

I have found a great ability in Jungle Babbler birds to communicate with you and you can do the same if you show some patience. I hope that with these pictures of Jungle Babbler and information, you can easily recognize this bird.

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Two baby Jungle Babblers
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Jungle Babblers
Jungle Babbler always takes care of their kids very well. Mostly, Juvenile Jungle Babbler remains close to their parents. We can often see parent Jungle Babbler cleaning and taking care of Juvenile Jungle Babbler.

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Jungle Babbler taking care of Juvenile 

Jungle Babbler Pictures Video Presentation-


Photography Credit Arvindkatoch's Photography 

About Indian Birds Photography and List of Birds Covered

List of Birds Covered on the Blog (so far) Adding New Birds Daily

Amur (White) Wagtail
Asian Barred Owlet
Asian Koel
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Asian Pied Starling (Pied Myna)
Bank Myna
Barn Swallow
Black Redstart
Black-throated Tit
Blue-fronted Redstart
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue Whistling Thrush
Brahminy Starling (Myna) 
Brown-headed Barbet
Brown Rock Chat (Indian Chat)
Cattle Egret
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
Cinereous Tit
Common Babbler
Common (Indian) Myna
Common Moorhen
Common Tailorbird
Crimson Sunbird
Dark-headed or Grey-headed yellow Wagtail
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Stone-curlew (Eurasian Thick-Knee)
Great Barbet
Greater Coucal (Crow Pheasant)
Great Tit
Green Bee-Eater
Grey (Himalayan) Treepie
Grey-hooded Warbler
Grey Wagtail
Himalayan Black-lored Tit
Himalayan Bulbul
Hoopoe (Hudhud)
House Sparrow
Indian Black Ibis (Red-naped)
Indian Grey Hornbill
Indian (House) Crow
Indian Pond Heron (Paddybird)
Indian Robin
Jungle Babbler
Jungle Crow
Jungle Myna
Laughing Dove
Orange-headed Thrush
Oriental White-eye (Tiny Bird)
Peafowl (Indian Peacock)
Plum-headed Parakeet
Purple Sunbird
Red-billed Magpie
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-wattled Lapwing
River (Indian) Tern
Rock Pigeon (Dove) 
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Parrot) 
Ruddy Shelduck
Rufous Treepie
Russet Sparrow
Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Munia
Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot)
Spot-billed Duck
Spotted Dove
Yellow (gold)-billed Blue Magpie
White-capped Redstart
White Throated Kingfisher

I want to dedicate this blog to the amazing world of Indian Birds. Before starting the bird photography, I had no idea that so many varieties of Indian birds are present. As I explore more through, my photography, I come to learn about many new things about birds. My Photography Journey of Birds will never end and I will like to cover all Indian birds if possible.

From small birds like warbler birds to big migratory birds, we can find huge variations in Indian birds. The one of the biggest difficulties faced by all initial bird photographers is that they fail to identify birds rightly. With this blog, I want to provide the right information to all and also want to show the beauty of birds through my photographs of birds.

I hope that you will like this blog.

Arvind Katoch
About Me- My name is Arvind Katoch and I love to take pictures of birds. As I love photography so I go everywhere with my camera.

Birds- Many beautiful birds silently live around us; however, mostly we don't notice them.

But when we open our eyes to surrounding, then we find many interesting friends in the form of birds. They are best creatures of god and they are very useful for our environment. However, with the constant cutting of trees, the population of birds is decreasing fast.

Birds and Trees are directly related to each other. When we have more trees, then we provide a safe place for birds for shelter and food.

From the birds, we can learn so many important things like social harmony, teamwork, hard work and live in an environment friendly way.

My aim of creating this blog is to create awareness about the birds and showing their beautiful life to the world.

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