Showing posts with label Himalayan Bird. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Himalayan Bird. Show all posts

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus frontalis)

Blue-fronted Redstart, Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail- 

I have always found small birds like Redstart very curious and they mostly become curious about your activities and sometimes even come close to you. Last time, I shared my encounters with Black-Redstart, White-capped Redstart and Plumbeous Redstart and now, it's time to talk about Blue-fronted Redstart, whom I met in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh. 

Blue-front Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
During a walk in empty fields, I found a pair of small birds looking for food, When I went close to them, then I realized that they are Redstart birds. Initially, I was not sure that which kind of Redstart these were. When I started taking pictures of them, then they also started coming close to me and started curiously observing me. Soon, they realized that I am not a threat to them, then they become busy with their old activities while ignoring my presence. 

Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus frontalis and belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The family of this bird is Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers). Blue-fronted Redstart is mainly found in the northern Indian Subcontinent and in some parts of Southeast Asia. We can find these birds, mainly in the Himalayas or in hill areas in the countries like Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tiebat, Thailand and Vietnam. 


Back, Blue-fronted Redstart
Back of Blue-fronted Redstart
The size of these birds is between 15-16 cm and they weigh around 13-18 gm. The color of Blue-fronted Redstart male is Blue on head, throat, back and in the wings. The underside of Blue-fronted Redstart is orange in color. While female birds are brownish-grey



The breeding season of Blue-fronted redstart is between May to August and we can see a 15 days to one month variation in their breeding season in different geographical regions. Blue-fronted Redstart is also found in regions where we find White capped Redstart, so we need to visit the nearby Himalayan hills to capture the pictures of Blue-fronted Redstart. 


Like the other Redstarts, They also mainly eat insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Blue-fronted Redstarts do show attitudinal migration; however, their range is mostly short. Our Himalayas are full of many beautiful birds and Blue-fronted Redstart is one of them. Therefore, it is very important for us to maintain the natural balance in the Himalayas, so that their creature remain safe. 


Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redtart
So far, Blue-fronted Redstart are put in the category of list concerned birds because of their good population. In the future, I will bring you more pics and info on Blue-fronted Redstart. 

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

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

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima Asiatica) Picture and Detail (A Beautiful Tiny Colorful Bird)

Barbet, Blue Throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet 

Blue Throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) Picture and Detail


Last time, I introduced you to Brown-headed Barbet which I found in Punjab (India). This time, I meet with beautiful Blue-throated Barbet in Himachal Pradesh. This bird is more colorful than earlier Barbet. The Blue-throated Barbet is a slighter smaller Barbet than the Brown-headed Barbet; though, we can hear its calls from a distance.

Also Check Great Hill Barbet  (New) 

Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, tree
Blue-throated Barbet
I found good numbers of Blue-throated Barbets on the tree which shows their sound population. These birds are shy in nature and mostly remain hidden behind the leaves. The scientific name of this bird is Megalaima Asiatica and it is an Asian Barbet bird with prominent color green on his body.

Head, Blue-headed Barbet
Head of Blue-headed Barbet

We can find the red color on the top (head) and blue color on the throat (which gives it name of Blue-throated Barbet). We can also see the black lines on the head of Blue-throated Barbet. You can also see the bristles around the strong bills on blue-throated Barbets. The male and female Blue-throated Barbet are alike. Their breeding season is from March to July.

This bird makes me follow it at many places to get some of its pictures. The blue-throated Barbet gets easily noticed when we look at his face and see the blue color. The best way to find this bird is to follow its calls.
Blue Throated Barbet,
Blue-throated Barbet Side
As a bird photographer, It was a nice experience for me to discover this bird and take its pictures. Blue-throated Barbet is a very innocent and calm bird and we mostly find it sitting at a single place only; though, they fear humans and may hide if felt threatened.
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-Throated Barbet on Tree
They hide so well in trees that you may not know that one of the Barbet is above you. Like the Brown-headed Barbet they do eat fruits, seeds and insects. Blue-throated Barbet is a resident Himalayan bird and we can find it in countries like Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos.

They are mostly found in the forest who they may venture into cities in search of fruit trees. Blue-throated Barbets are very beautiful birds and It was nice experince to spend time with them. 

Plum-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Psittacula cyanocephala) Very Friendly Parrots

Plum-headed Parakeet, Parrot,
Plum-headed Parakeet Pair

Plum-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Psittacula cyanocephala)


Plum-headed Parakeet are third parakeets after Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Parrot)  and Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot) which I am going to share with you. Recently, I discovered that a parrot was trying to get my attention. At first look, I thought that it may be a slaty-headed parakeet; however, on closer inspection, I noticed that this parrot has a pinkish head.

On some search, I found that it is a Plum-headed Parakeet which is mostly found from the foothills of Himalaya to Srilanka. In Plum-headed Parakeet, the male Parakeet has a pinkish head while female parakeet has a gray head. 


Plum-headed Parakeet
These Parakeets are very good in flying and they can make quick twists and turns. The male Plum-headed Parakeets are bigger in size and are more colorful than female Plum-headed parakeets.
Plum-headed Parakeet, Parakeet,
Plum-headed parakeet

The Plum-headed Parakeet has a red head with shades of Purple and blue while female plum-headed parakeet has a blueish-gray head. Like the rose ringed parrots, we can find a thin black collar on male plum-headed parakeet which is missing in female parakeets while we can see a light yellow collar in female plum-headed parakeets. We can also notice a small red patch on the wings of male Plum-headed Parakeet and this is the best way to recognize them. Their tail is blue in color and it is around 22 cm long.
Love making Plum-headed Prakeet

Plum-headed parakeets are found in most of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka except the dry places. We can find these birds in forests, woodlands and sometimes, we may find them near urban areas. These parakeets may show some movement in the search of fruits and blossoms. Like the other parakeets, they also eat grains, seeds, fruits, berries, flower petals.
Plum-headed parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet
These parakeets are very friendly in nature; therefore, many people keep them as pets. Due to decreasing natural habits, the numbers of these birds are decreasing; though, they are still not under the list of threatened birds. These parakeets are mostly found in flocks or groups, however, during mating season, we can find them in pairs.
Plum-headed parakeet
Pair of Plum-headed prakeet

Plum-headed Parakeets are capable of talking when trained; however, some of them may not learn to talk. If they become successful in talking then we can hear a clear and loud sound.

I found Plum-headed Parakeets very interesting and hope to take their more pictures in future. 

The Himalayan black-lored tit (Parus xanthogenys) Pictures and Detail

Himalayan Black-lored tit, Himalayan Bird,
The Himalayan black-lored tit

The Himalayan black-lored tit (Parus xanthogenys) Pictures and Detail 


Today, I met a third bird from Tit Family, a Himalayan Black-lored tit. Earlier, I covered Great Tit and Cinerous Tit in previous posts. I had a great experience with Great Tit and Cinerous Tit. This time, I got a chance to take more pictures of all these three species of Tits. 

I discovered Himalayan Black-lored tit when I was searching for a Redstart bird in a small rocky river. I noticed that a small yellow-black bird is trying to get my attention and when I focused my lens on this bird, then I realized that it is a tiny and very beautiful Himalayan Black-lored tit. 
Himalayan, Himalayan Black-lored Tit
Himalayan Black-lored Tit

I never thought that I will find a Himalayan Black-lored tit so easily. This bird also looked very willing to get his picture clicked; however, due to sunset time, I was not able to get many good pictures. Though, I had a great experience with him and I can surely say now that some bird enjoys communicating with humans. 


Himalayan Black-lored Tit, Himalayan Bird,
Himalayan Black-lored Tit
  The scientific name of this bird is Parus Xanthogenys and it makes very sweet sounds like other tit birds. Himalayan Black-lored Tit as the name suggest is a resident Himalayan bird and is related to Yellow Tit.

Like other Tit birds, it also eats insects, spiders, fruits and seeds. Himalayan Black-lored tit may use other birds hole for nesting or it may make its own.
Himalayan Black-lored Tit, Bottom
Himalayan Black-lored Tit from Bottom

Himalayan Black-lored tit was so happy at clicking his pictures that he started taking a bath in front of my camera and also showed me other poses.

In the two pictures, below you can see Himalayan Black-lore tit taking bath and in water.
bath, Himalayan black-lored tit,
Himalayan Black-lored Tit taking bath

Himalayan black-lored tit, water
Himalayan Black-lore Tit in water
The sad thing is that we still know very less about this bird. I have decided to capture more pictures of this beautiful bird so that we can learn more about it. I have come to know about the area where I can find him and he has also become my friend so I hope I will get more his picture soon.
Himalayan black-lored tit, back,
Himalayan Black-lored tit from Back
Himalayan Black-lored Tit, Back,
Himalayan Black-lored Tit (Back) 


Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) Pictures and Detail


Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird, Himachal, Bird
A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird 

In this picture, we can see white dots on the neck of this variety from Himachal Pradesh.

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) Pictures and Detail


Some birds simply surprise you with their presence and Crimson Sunbird is one of them. Those people who have seen this bird, they know exactly what I am talking. 

It is very hard to imagine that a so small bird can look so beautiful. Crimson Sunbird is a very small bird or we can say a tiny bird; however, nature has given this bird very attractive look and colors. 

Sometimes, Crimson Sunbird is mistaken as a hummingbird by people who saw it for the first time. I feel very lucky because I got a chance to see it and took some of its pictures. 

During one of my visits to the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, this bird suddenly came in front of me like he was saying me to take its pictures. I was also looking for this option so I immediately took some of its pictures. 

Tree, Branch, Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird on the Tree

In general, it is not easy to take the picture of this tiny bird because first, it is a very small bird second, it keeps on moving fast from one location to another. Moreover, it is even difficult to search this bird because it doesn't appear for a long time.

These birds, mainly feed on nectar, but also eat insects. It is quite interesting to have this small colorful bird around and take its pictures.

Crimson Sunbird is a breeder bird of Asia and we can find it from Indian to Indonesia.

Crimson Sunbird, Bottom, Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird from Bottom
The good news about Crimson Sunbird is that it is not in the list of birds under danger because there are in the category of least concern.

Crimson Sunbird,
Crimson Sunbird

Some people even refer these birds as mysterious birds because of less knowledge about their life. Crimson Sunbirds are placed in taxonomic family Nectariniidae. These are old world birds, meaning birds from Asia, Europe etc.

In general, this bird is seen alone looking for the nectar. The beak of Crimson Sunbird has special curving so that it can easily absorb nectar from flowers.

Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird


Crimson Sunbird is the national bird of Singapore. We can find clear difference in male and female Crimson Sunbirds. The Male Crimson Sunbird has crimson colored breast, maroon back and olive colored belly while the female bird has yellow breast and olive green back.

Update 4/Aug/2015- I am adding three more pictures of the Crimson Sunbird. These pictures I took during my last visit to Baijnath (Hiamchal). At this place, I noticed a few of Crimson Sunbirds, due to their small size, it is mostly difficult to notice them; however, their sharp colors provide a great help in noticing them.

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird,
Crimson Sunbird Ready to Fly


I hope that with these pictures of crimson sunbird, you can able to learn about it and see its beauty. In the future, I will add more pictures when I meet this Crimson Sunbird again.