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