Asian Barred Owlet Pictures and Detail

Asian Barred owlet, Himalayan, species,

Asian Barred Owlet Pictures and Detail- 

Finally, I am a happy man because I got my first picture of an owlet. Even after taking pictures of more than 100 different birds, I was unable to capture an owlet through my camera. I became lucky when I spotted an Asian Barred Owlet at my native village in Himachal. The scientific name of Asian Barred Owlet is Glaucidium cuculoides. 

The above owlet in pictures is the subspecies of Asian Barred Owlet which is found in Himalayas and its scientific name is Glaucidium cuculoides cuculoides. These owls are residents of Northern Subcontinent of India and they are also found in some part of Southeast Asia. Asian Barred Owlet are species of True owlet and they can be seen in countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mynmmar, Thialand, Combodia, Laos and Vietnam. 

Asian Barred owlet


Mostly, in the Indian culture, people don't like owlet and associate it with them bad things. However, I like them very much and even want to have one as a pet if I gets one who can't fly due to a injury. Asian Barred owlets are put in the category of least concerned birds because of their presence in the good numbers. 

It is basically a small owlet with rounded headed and no ear tufts. Their size range from 22-24 cm and 150 to 250 g. The breeding season of these owlets range from April to June. Asian Barred owlet females are heavier than the male counterparts. These owlets can be recognized by the white eyebrows. 

In future, I hope to bring more pictures and detail of Asian Barred Owlet for you. 

The Grey-hooded warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos) Picture and Detail

Grey-hooded, warbler, Himachal, Himalayan, bird,

The Grey-hooded warbler Detail and Pictures-


Some times, it is quite amazing to see small birds jumping here and there to get their food. We can easily spot these tiny birds through their habit of constantly moving. Today, I will share with you my experience about the tiny bird Grey-hooded warbler. 

Earlier, I introduced you to another sweet voiced warbler bird Common Tailorbird. Unlike the common tailorbird, Grey-hooded warbler is a Himalayan bird and we can see it in the middle or higher reaches of the Himalaya. 
Grey-hooded warbler

Grey-hooded warbler belongs to the leaf warbler family and their scientific name is Phylloscopus Xanthoschistos. Their size is comparable to common tailor birds and they weigh around 6 to 10 grams. Like the common tailorbird, they too make sweet and pleasing sounds. 

So far, the Grey-hooded warbler can be easily spotted in their habitats, thus they don't come under threatened birds; however, constant destruction to their habitats is a cause of concern. We can find them across the Himalayan region including countries like Pakistan, India, Bhutan and Nepal. 


Grey-hooded warbler

These small birds fed on small insects and wild berries. Their breeding season is from the months of March to August. I noticed that these tiny birds don't fear humans much if we behave sensibly and don't disturb them. 

It is slightly hard to take their picture because they don't sit at a single place for long time. In future, I hope to bring more info and pictures of these birds for you. 

Black-Winged Stilt Pictures and Detail (A Bird with Narrow and Tall legs)

Black-Winged Stilt, Pictures, ,Detail,


Black-Winged Stilt Pictures and Detail


Today, I will talk about a bird with tall and narrow legs. Recently, I found a bird which was moving very slowly through bushes and searching for insects in the water. So, I decided to take its pictures and zoomed my lens on it. First, I thought that this bird may be related to Red-wattled Lapwing; however, on close inspection, I found that the legs of this birds are much narrow and taller than the Red-wattled Lapwing. With some efforts, I got some of its pictures and later found that the name of the bird is Black-winged Stilt. 


Black-winged Stilt is a member of Stilt family and we can find them in a wide range. They are also known by the names of Common Stilt and Pled Stilt. Their scientific name is Himantopus himantopus. We can 5 to 7 sub species of these birds. Black-winged Stilt is mainly found in Europe and most parts of Asia. I found these birds very quiet in nature and they mostly move alone except in mating season. 



They can grow up to 33 to 36 cm long. They can be seen around water bodies, ponds, shallow lakes, and marshes. Some of the species of these birds are migratory in nature and they move towards warmer places in winters. Their main food is insects and crustaceans; we can often see them looking for food when they are around. 




Black-winged Stilt makes their nests on the ground like other long legged birds like Red-wattled Lapwing. Their eyes are red in color with a black dot. These birds are very good in making balance on the single leg and therefore, can be seen standing on the single leg. 



Both male and female Black-winged Stilt look similar; though, male birds have a darker black patch on the head. The immature birds have grey color instead of black color on the wings. 



To spot Black-winged Stilts, we need to visit shallow water bodies because they come to find food and also make nests around these areas. Black-winged Stilt is a beautiful bird and I will try to bring more pictures of it in the near future.