Indian Grey Hornbill Pictures and Detail (Ocyceros birostris) A Shy Grey Bird

Grey Hornbill, Indian Grey Hornbill, Hornbill,
Pair of Indian Grey Hornbill Birds

Indian Grey Hornbill Pictures and Detail (Ocyceros birostris)


Indian Grey Hornbill is common Hornbill found in Indian Subcontinent. The scientific name of this bird is Ocyceros birostris. These birds, mainly live in the trees and hardly descend to the ground. When I first saw Indian Grey Hornbill, then noticed that it is a Hornbill; however, I was not confirmed about its original name. 

However, I easily found that it is an Indian Grey Hornbill. I saw these birds at many locations from the foothills of Himalaya to the plains. Initially, I found it very hard to take their pictures because of their shy nature. 

Indian Grey Hornbill, Tree
Indian Grey Hornbill on Tree
These birds have grey feathers and the color of the belly is light grey.  They have a dark grey Horn with some extended part. Indian Grey Harnbill mainly feed on fruits, though they may eat small insects, reptiles, molluscs, scorpions etc.
Indian Grey Hornbill, Electricity, Wire,
Indian Grey Hornbill on Electricity Wire
The size of Indian Grey Harnbill is around 61 cm. Their eyes are reddish and we can easily notice them. I mostly noticed them in either in pairs or in small groups.

Indian Grey Hornbill do make local movements. We can find some of these birds, even in urban environments where fruit trees are present.
Juvenile, Indian Grey Hornbill
Juvenile Indian Grey Hornbill
The Juvenile Indian Grey Hornbill doesn't have extended part around the Horn. It is very common to see these birds feeding their Juveniles. Both male and female actively feed the kids.
Indian Grey Hornbill,
Indian Grey Hornbill
These are very social birds and they always live in small groups or in pairs. As I found them on large geographical area, it means that there is no present threat to them and they have descent population in India.
Pair of Indian Grey Hornbill
Pair of Indian Grey Hornbill
These birds often make noise when they are around, thus you can easily notice their presence. As they hardly descend to ground, therefore, we see them making movements from one tree to another.

The male Indian Grey Hornbill has the large part extended part attached to the horn while the female has a short or small extended part attached to the horn.

Overall, Indian Grey Hornbills are beautiful birds making our surrounding beautiful

Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail

Barn Swallow,
Barn Swallow 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail 


During my recent visit to Hiamchal Pradesh, I noticed that a deep blue and white colored bird is feeding its juveniles on the edge of a rooftop. I decided to capture its pictures and finally got many of pictures of adult and juveniles. On some study, I found that the name of this bird is Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow Juveniles
I saw this bird for the first time or at least noticed it for the first time. I found these birds very attractive and they were making dives in the air to catch insects to feed baby Barn Swallows. There were around eight Juveniles of Barn Swallow waiting silently on the edge of the rooftop for their turn to get food from the parents. 


In the picture above, You can clearly see an adult Barn Swallow feeding its juvenile. It looked that Juveniles were unable to catch insects themselves so the adults were feeding them.
Barn Swallow,
Barn Swallow 
 The Scientific name of this bird is Hirundo Rustica and it belongs to the bird family Swallow. This bird is found in the most parts of the world, including, Asia, Europe, Africa and Amercian subcontinents.
Barn Swallow Ready to Fly
Barn Swallow Ready to Fly 
Barn Swallow is a very adaptable bird and it uses man made structures like building to construct its nests. It creates a nest in a cup shape. This bird mainly feed on insects which it catches during the flight. Many farmers and people like these birds because they eat many harmful insects and clean environment.

Juvenile, Barn Swallow
Juvenile Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow is the national bird of Austria and Estonia. We also find reference of Barn Swallo in religious books and old literatures.

Juveniles, Barn Swallow
Juveniles of Barn Swallow
 Both male and female Barn Swallow are almost same in appearance, though female Barn Swallow tail is slightly shorter and color of feathers is less sharp. At present, there are six subspecies of Barn Swallow are recognized.
Backside, Barn Swallow,
Backside of Barn Swallow

It is common to find these birds around fields, open grounds, semi-forest where they can easily get insects. Barn Swallow do long distance migration and they breed at higher altitude from 2700 to 3000 meter.

Barn Swallow is one specie of bird which has actually benefits from deforstation because it pefere open lands and avoid dense forests. Due to their large population and huge geographical area, these birds are not under any threat.

Overall, it was a great experience to meet this bird for the first and taking so many pictures. I hope to get more beautiful pictures of life of Barn Swallow in near future

Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia) (The Piegon we find around)

Rock Dove, Dove, Pigeon,
Rock Dove 


Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia)



Today, I am going to cover second Dove i.e. Rock Dove also popularly known as Rock Pigeon or simply Pigeon. The first dove, I covered on this blog was Laughing Dove, which we mostly see together with Rock Pigeons. 

Rock Pigeons are very common birds because they are very good in adapting to different geographic conditions.   Rock Doves belong to the bird group of Columbidae (the group to which all doves and Pigeons belong). There are total of 310 birds in this group. 



Pigeons, Grains,
Pigeons eating Grains 

We are feeding Pigeons from last 15 years, therefore, I am seeing them closely and can easily notice them with the sound they make. It is also common to see Pigeons in captivity and many people breed them. The relationship of humans and Pigeons is very old (10,000 years old) and before, the postal system, these birds were used to send essential mails or letters.

Rock, Pigeon
Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeons are basically wild birds, however, with time they have adapted very well to the urban environment. Pigeons associate high rise buildings to rocks and use them to make their nests or for resting. We can find 12 subspecies of Pigeons worldwide with variation in color and size.

Rock, Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeon male and female are identical; though, female pigeon has a less intense neck. In these pictures, you can notice great dark orange color eyes of Pigeons; though some subspecies of Pigeon do have white-grey eyes. Mostly Pigeons feed on grains, fruits and vegetations.
Rock Pigeon in Wild
Rock Pigeon in Wild 
Rock Pigeons or Pigeons are the most documented and studies bird and we know much more about this bird as compared to other birds. Pigeons can give eggs at any time of year; but they prefer summer and spring. We mostly see Pigeons in groups and some places we can find hundreds of them together.


Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis Fuliginosa) Pictures and Detail

Plumbeous Water Redstart, Redstart, Male
Plumbeous Water Redstart (Male)


Plumbeous Water Redstart  (Rhyacornis Fuliginosa) Pictures and Detail


During my visit to the small rocky river, I noticed that a small blue colored bird is trying to get my attention. On the first look, I recognized that it is a Redstart; however, I was not aware of it's particular name. Earlier, I covered one more Redstart on this blog, White Caped Redstart.


On some search, I found that it is a Plumbeous Water Redstart which is found near fast flowing water bodies, small river, rocky rivers etc. The scientific name of this bird is  Rhyacornis Fuliginos and it belong to Muscicapidae bird family. This bird is mainly found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China in countries like India, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Laos, Mynmmar, Thailand and Taiwan.

I took the pictures of male Plumbeous Water Redstart because the male birds are in slate blue color and female birds are in Grey color. Male birds do have a rusty red colored tail. Plumbeous Water Redstart is a small bird with a size of 14 cm.

Male, Plumbeous Water Redstart, from Back
Male Plumbeous Water Redstart from Back

Plumbeous Water Redstart doesn't like the entry of others in his space. It catches flies or flying insects over the flowing  water/stream; therefore, we can see it going higher and then coming down to catch flies over the flowing water.

This bird is mostly found at higher altitudes in Himalaya; though, it comes to lower altitude during winters. I found this bird alone and it showed some interest in me, maybe because of my passing through his territory.

So next time, When you visit a rocky river, then do remember noticing this bird; though, may times we may not find in many rocky rivers or streams.




Red-billed Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) Pictures and Detail

Red-billed Magpie, Close Up
Red-billed Magpie Close Up

Red-billed Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) Pictures and Detail


This is second Magpie after Yellow-billed Magpie which I am going to cover in this blog. Recently, When I was taking pictures of Yellow-billed Magpie, then I noticed that there are few Red-billed Magpie are also around me. 

The Red-billed Magpie in the picture above becomes my friend and I got a chance to take its close up picture. Though, the numbers of Yellow (Gold)-billed Magpies were much higher than the Red-billed Magpie birds. 
Red-billed Magpie, Tree
Red-billed Magpie on Tree

Sometimes, we can find both Red-billed Magpie and Yellow-billed Magpie in a single group and the difference between these magpies is due to differences in color of their bills and feet; otherwise, both Yellow-billed Magpie and Red-billed Magpie are same physically. 

Red-billed magpie, Magpie,
Red-Billed Blue Magpie
For a person who does not have knowledge of this fact may find both of them the same. Red-billed Magpie are found In the Himalayan region in countries like India, Nepal, Combodia, Maynmar, Laos etc. The scientific name of this bird is Urocissa erythrorhyncha and it belongs to Corvidae family of birds. 

Red-billed Magpie, Magpie
Red-billed Magpie

Like Yellow-billed Magpie, Red-billed Magpie do eat insects, eggs of other birds, small mammals, fruits and nuts. These Magpies are also very vocal in nature and make many calls. To Know more about these birds, you can read a detailed article on Yellow-billed Magpie.
magpie, yellow-billed magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie 

Red-billed Magpie, Magpie
Red-Billed magpie
I had a good communication with these birds during my recent Bird Photography tour. I enjoyed a good time with Yellow-billed and Red-billed Magpie.

It is very common to see beautiful flights of these birds as you see in the picture below.

Magpie, Red-billed Magpie
Flying Red-billed Magpie
It is very common to See Red-billed Magpie in the fields in search of food.
Red-billed Magpie, Magpie
Red-billed Magpie in Fields