The Red-wattled Lapwing Pictures and Detail (A Bird with Lady like Walk)

Red-wattled Lapwing,
Red-Wattled lapwing

The Red-wattled Lapwing Pictures and Detail

This is the one bird which I saw very late in life, but I heard lots of its noise from the childhood. From the childhood, it was very common to hear loud calls of this bird throughout the day. It is common to hear loud calls of Red-wattled Lapwing at night because these birds do feed at night and make noise. 

Around 20 years back at night when I was studying then It was quite often to hear voices of Red-wattled Lapwing. This bird is very common in Northern part of India where I have spent most of my childhood. I can easily recognize Red-wattled lapwing through its voice only. 

Red-wattled lapwing, eyes
Red-wattled Lapwing watching me

Red-wattled Lapwing is found in west Asia to South Asia. In India, it is very common and we can find it up to the Southern tip of India. Sometimes, they do migrate to altitudes in the summers, but mostly these are resident birds.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
We find Red-wattled Lapwings near to water bodies, fileds, watered lands, dry lands and lakes. Though, they can be easily seen in wild and open grasslands looking for insects. Mostly, this bird is found in pairs or small groups; however, I found it alone most of the times.
Red-wattled Lapwing, Wild
Red-wattled Lapwing in Wild
The male and female Red-wattled Lapwing are similar in spahe and color, though, male red-wattled lapwings are slighter bigger in size. The main thing of this bird is its calls which sounds like did-he-do-it.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Where I live, this bird is called Titeeri and the scientific name of this bird is Vanellus indicus. It is belong to the Charadriidae family of birds. Red-wattled Lapwing mainly insects; though they do eat grains when it is available. In the picture below, you can see a Red-wattled Lapwing eating Bajra grain.
Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
When I see the Red-wattled Lapwings, then I feel that many ladies must have learnt to walk from this bird because the best noticeable thing in red-wattled lapwing in its style of walking as he is walking on the ramp. We can also notice shoe heel like part attached to their feet.

In the two pictures below, we can see delicacy and style in the standing and walking style of a red-wattled Lapwing.
Red-wattled Lapwing, Slow walk
Red-wattled Lapwing Slow Walking

Red-wattled standing, one foot
Red-wattled Standing on one foot

My Father-in-law told me that this bird sleeps with both feet up because red-wattled lapwings thing that the weight of the whole earth is on his feet, though, I do not find reference about it.

These birds take care of their children very well and they sometimes make their nest on rooftops. 

Over, red-wattled lapwings are great birds, though little bit noisy.

All Pictures of Red-wattled Lapwing by Arvind Katoch

Indian Robin Pictures and Detail (Saxicoloides fulicatus) from North India

Brown Headed Bird, Navy Blue Chest, Small Bird, Punjab, Indian Robin
A small Brown Headed Bird with Navy Blue Chest (Indian Robin)

Indian Robin Pictures and Detail

One day, I came across a small bird with brown upper part and navy blue lower part. Initially, I had no idea of this bird, then an online friend told me that it is Indian Robin and it is a male Indian Robin. 
Indian Robin, Robin, Front,
Indian Robin From Front

In India, we can find many varieties of birds and Indian Robin is a specific Robin species which is found in Indian subcontinent countries. The picture, I took is of a North Indian Robin which I took in Punjab state of India. 

Indian Robin, Male, Back
Indian Robin male from Back
The scientific name of Indian Robin is Saxicoloides Fulicatus and it belongs to the Muscicapidae family of birds. It is common to find Indian robins in semi forests and open area looking for food.

We can find differences in the colors of Indian Robin in other parts of India.  The female Indian Robins don't have dark colors.

Indian Robin, male
Indian Robin 
These birds prefer dry environment and therefore, we don't find them in places where rain is too common. In villages, outer parts of cities or in the gardens, we can easily some of Indian Robins.

Indian Robin eats insects, we can notice them turning stones to find insects.

Indian Robin
Indian Robin 
We can find Indian Robin in good numbers; therefore, there is no present threat to this bird.  Indian Robin is a beautiful bird and it helps human by eating harmful insects.
Indian Robin, Side
Indian Robin from Side
Indian Robin

All Pics by Arvind Katoch

Purple Sunbird Pictures and Detail (Cinnyris asiaticus) Male/Female both Pictures

Purple Sunbird. Sunbird, Beautiful
Beautiful Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird, Female
Purple Sunbird Female

Purple Sunbird Pictures and Detail (Cinnyris asiaticus)

The first Sunbird which I captured through my camera was Crimson Sunbird in the hills of Himachal Pradesh.  Purple Sunbird is second Sunbird and this time, I have pictures of both male and female Purple Sunbird. 
Purple Sunbird, Male, Making calls
Purple Sunbird Male Making Calls

You can see in the picture, Male Purple Sunbird is Purple in color while female Purple Sunbird has olive and yellow color. Like the Crimson Sunbird, these Sunbird mainly feed on nectar and insects. 

Purple Sunbird, Tree
Purple Sunbird on a Branch of Tree
The biggest difficulty you get while taking pictures of Sunbird is their very small size and their constant moments. We mostly don't notice these birds because of their small size.

The unique point of Purple Sunbird is their fast and direct flights and due to this, they can become out of sight anytime.

Female, Purple Sunbird
Female Purple Sunbird

The scientific name of Purple Sunbird is (Cinnyris asiaticus) Purple Sunbirds are resident birds and they don't migrate to long distances. These birds are mainly found in plains unlike crimson sunbird which I found in the Hills.

We can find many subspecies of Purple Sunbird in India and in Asia. We can recognize or find these birds through sharp calls made by them.

Purple Sunbird,
Purple Sunbird

The Sunbirds can live for 20 years if everything goes fine and my people put these birds in cages.
Purple Sunbird, Male
Purple Sunbird Male

Though, male and female Purple Sunbird have a difference in color at first look anyone can think that they are different birds not related to each other. After taking many pictures of Purple male and female Sunbird, I have found great coordination between them.

When one of male or female Purple Sunbird absorbs nectar from flowers than the other one keep eyes on the dangers and keep on making calls. By observing a slightest danger, both of them fly away immediately.

We can find this tiny bird throughout India, though, we can see some difference in their color from place to place. By making such tiny birds, nature has made our world very beautiful.

Purple Sunbird Female, Female,
Beautiful Purple Sunbird Female

Hoopoe Pictures and Detail (Upupa epops) A Colorful Bird with a Crown

Indian, Hoopoe, Full Crown,
Indian Hoopoe with Full Crown

Hoopoe Pictures and Detail (Upupa epops) 

I was following this bird for some to take its pictures, however, I didn't succeed for five months. I was mainly attracted towards this Hoopoe because of crown on its head. It is common to see a Hoopoe in India when we show some patience. After Initial some failures, I got many good pics of Hoopoe with full grown (shown above taken on 26/01/2016). 

Crown, Hoopoe, Bird
Hoopoe the bird with Crown
Luckily, I was sitting with my camera on the rooftop, then from nowhere a Hoopoe appeared and so I succeeded in getting a few of its pictures. It looked that Hoopoe has no problem with me taking his pictures; therefore, he sat there for 7-8 minutes. This time was enough for me to take some good pictures of Hoopoe. 

Hoopoe, Wall,
Hoopoe trying to get something from the wall

The Hoopoe is the national bird of Isreal and it is an Afro-Eurasian bird meaning it is found in Africam, Asia, Europe and at many other places/islands. The Hoopoe is one of highly noticed bird because of crown like feathers on his head, which he can open and close.
Hoopoe, Full Crown,
Hoopoe with Full Crown

This bird belongs to Upupidae family of birds. We can find nine subspecies of Hoopoe. They mainly eat insects, small reptiles, frogs, seeds, berries etc.

Hoopoe, Grassland
Hoopoe in Grassland

It is common to find Hoopoe in grasslands near human habitats. These birds are very useful for the humans and farmers because they eat many insects which are harmful for the crops and humans.

We also get the reference of Hoopoe in Quran as Hudhud. We can find paintings of this bird on many ancients temples and literatures.

Hoopoe, Back,
Hoopoe from Back

Therefore, we can say that association of Hoopoe and humans is very old. The scientific name of this bird is Upupa Epops and some of its other names are hudhud, Epopus, Hupe, Hupelot, Huppe, Upupa etc.

Hoopoe, Bird

In many places, seeing Hoopoe is believed as a good sign. This bird is associated with positivity in many religions.

The good news for Hoopoe is that it is present in a wide geographical area and there is no present threat to this specie.


All Pics Hoopoe by Arvind katoch

The Oriental White-Eye Pictures and Detail (Zosterops palpebrosus) A Beautiful Tiny Bird

Oriental White Eye, Tiny Bird, Beautiful, small bird
A Beautiful Tiny Bird (Oriental White-eye)

The Oriental White-Eye Pictures and Detail (Zosterops palpebrosus)

Today, I will talk about beautiful and tiny bird with White circle around the eye i.e. Oriental White-Eye. These were the first tiny bird whom pictures, I took. Before that I had no idea that such small tiny birds do exist and they can be so beautiful. 

The Oriental White-Eye is a passerine bird from Asia. We can find more than 5000 species of passerine birds. I was lucky to come across these birds and when a small group of them was venturing the open woodland behind my home.

Oriental White-Eye,
Oriental White-Eye from Front

Oriental White-eye got its name because of visible white circle around its eyes. The scientific name of this bird is (Zosterops palpebrosus). These birds, mainly survive on nectar and small insects.

Group, Oriental White-eye
Small group of Oriental White-eye

These beautiful tiny birds are of very small size around 8 cm long. When you see at these birds, then you come to know that how amazing is our nature. This bird can be recognized by upper olive part, white ring around the eye and light grey belly.

Close up, Oriental White-eye
Close up Oriental White-eye
The good news is that this bird is wide-spread and we can find few subspecies of bird also.

Oriental White-eye birds are very sociable in nature and therefore, we always find them in groups.

Oriental White-eye, Back
Oriental White-eye from back

It is not easy to capture pictures of these tiny birds because they move very fast from one place to place and hardly remain stable at a single place.

As a bird photographer, Oriental White-eye give you a challenge and you enjoy it. I like these birds very much because I see the miracle of nature in them.

Oriental White-eye
Oriental White-eye birds
During my recent visit to Himachal Pradesh, I did find some of beautiful Oriental White-eye birds there. Below you can watch picture of Oriental White-eye from Himachal Pradesh.

Close Uo, Oriental White Eye, Himachal

Oriental White-eye, Himachal Pradesh
Oriental White-Eye in Himachal Pradesh

Oriental Back Eye, Back, Himachal Pradesh

All pics by Arvind Katoch

The Common (Indian) Myna Pictures and Detail (Acridotheres tristis)

Common Myna, Indian Myna, Myna,
A Pair of a Common Myna 

The Common (Indian) Myna Pictures and Detail (Acridotheres tristis)

As the name suggests, this bird is very common in India and it is one of the most invasive birds in the present world. Common Myna is one such bird which makes her presence felt to you by coming very close to humans. 

In India, we can find this bird in big number with other species and subspecies of it. Common or Indian Myna is one bird about which maximum number of people must have knowledge that they exist because they are everywhere and they have best adapted themselves to the urban lifestyle. 

Common Myna, Close Up
Close up Common Myna

The scientific name of these birds is Acridotheres Tristis and they belong to the Sturnidae family of birds. Common Myna is native birds of Asia; however, now this bird is found in most parts of the world and in Australia, it is declared a threat to biodiversity.

The main food of common myna is insects, human waste, seeds, grains, small reptiles, small mammals and fruits. With so long list of food, Common myna can survive anywhere, therefore, we find them now everywhere.

In my home, they come very often to take some share from the dog food, sometimes, when the dog doesn't eat his food, then this time is like a party for common Myna.

Common Myna, Dog Food,
Common Myna Looking for Dog Food

We can find this bird alone, in pairs, in groups or in mixed groups. It is common to see them walking to go close to food or to catch insects. Being declared an invasive species, its population is to decrease in some countries like Singapore.

Common Myna,
Close Up Two Common Myna
These birds are called flying rats in Australia because of their habits similar to rats. Though, they are helpful bids like crows and clean all human waste.

Some people also put common Myna in cages because of its sweet voice and speaking ability.

Common Myna
Common Myna
Sometimes, Common (Indian) Myna poses threat to other birds by displacing them from their natives nest. These birds fit best on the example of survival of the fittest.

All pics by Arvind Katoch

Yellow (Gold)-billed Blue Magpie Pictures and Detail (Urocissa flavirostris)

Magpie, Gold-billed Magpie, Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow (Gold)-billed Magpie

Yellow (Gold)-billed Blue Magpie Pictures and Detail (Urocissa flavirostris)

This bird made me wait and travel lot to take its pictures, though, after following it for three months, I succeeded in getting few of pictures of Yellow or Gold-billed Blue Magpie. First, I got attracted to this because of its noisy calls.

[Update 26/04/15 - During my present visit to my native village in Himachal, a yellow-billed magpie become my friend and he started following me where ever I was going with my camera. I too enjoyed his company and clicked many of his pictures.

Yellow-billed Magpie, Magpie
Pair of Yellow-billed Magpie
This time, I didn't require an alarm clock because the sharp calls of Gold-billed Magpie were enough to wake me up in the morning. They make many types of calls to communicate with each other.]

Between Yellow-billed Magpie, I also found other specie of Magpie i.e. Red-billed Magpie. In the picture below, You can see one of my friends Red-billed Magpie.
Red-billed magpie, Magpie,
Red-billed Magpie
Red-billed magpie, Magpie,
Red-Billed Blue Magpie

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie mostly appears in small groups in the search of food and they create lots of noise. In my native village in Himachal, people do not like Gold-billed Blue Magpie because they eat lots of fruit crops, though, I fell in love with them with just a first glimpse.

Gold-billed magpie, Magpie,
Gold-billed Blue Magpie

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie is a bird of the crow and jay family known as Corvidae. These birds are also called Gold-billed Blue Magpie and their scientific name is Urocissa flavirostris. This bird also has two subspecies. This bird is mainly found in northern parts of the Indian subcontinent in the foothills.

The most beautiful things of Gold-billed Blue Magpie is its long tail which is more than 60% of its total length. Never in my life, I saw such a beautiful long tail of a bird before.

Tail, Beautiful tail, Yellow Billed Blue Magpie
Beautiful tail Yello Billed Blue Magpie

Lower side, Gold Billed Blue Magpie
Lower side of Tail Gold-billed Blue Magpie

The sexes of this bird are alike. They have a black colored neck, breast and head with a small white patch on the upper neck. Their stomach is creamy white and blue wings with white lines.

Gold-billed blue magpie mainly eats insects, eggs of other birds, small mammals, fruits and nuts. These are very active birds and their flights look very beautiful because of their long tail. The mostly remaining in the group; therefore, when you spot a single Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, then you can be assured of a few others around.

Gold-billed Blue Magpie, Back
Gold-billed Blue Magpie from back

The best ways to find these birds is to recognize their loud and noisy calls. Due to these noisy calls, you immediately come to know about their location.

Update 26-4-15 - This time, I fell in love with this bird and his friendliness. It is common to find these birds looking for insects in the fields. I saw a great good nature of caring each other in Yellow-billed Magpie. There looks to be a strong bond between them.]
[Update30/5/15]  To become a friend with Yellow-billed Magpie was one of my best experiences of life. Earlier, I chased this bird for six months to get its pictures with little success, but this time, Gold (Yellow)-billed Magpie totally surprise by coming so close to me and by following me. At some time, he was as near 3 feet from me.

magpie, yellow-billed magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie 
Yellow-billed Magpie is a wonderful and it can become your friend if you try to become friend it. My experience with birds is just surprising me every day. I never thought earlier that birds can be so friendly in nature especially wild ones. Birds only fear from humans, therefore, they run away, but when they become sure that there is not danger, then they can come close to you like Yellow-billed Magpie did with me.]

Magpie, Yellow-billed magpie
Yellow (Gold) Billed Magpie

[01/05/15] Friendly Nature of Magpie Birds- On some research, I found that all magpie species of birds are very friendly in nature and there are many examples, where they love to live with humans or come very close to them. I also noticed that Yellow-billed Magpie recognized me and it recognizes all other people who constantly live around him. They come close to people from whom they don't feel any threat. If anyone we nice to a Yellow (Gold)-billed Magpie, then he can enjoy a good friendship with this bird. When you have a Yellow-billed Magpie as your friend, then they just move around you jumping like a frog. This time, I had a great interaction with Yellow-billed Magpie in wild and the friendly nature of this bird totally surprised me.

Overall, these are great birds which make our environment very attractive. My next aim is to capture of some of pictures of flights of Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.

All Pics by Arvind katoch

Video Presentation of Pictures of Yellow (Gold)-billed Blue Magpie