Showing posts with label Sweet Voice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweet Voice. Show all posts

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

Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Pictures and Detail

Himachal, Russet Sparrow, Male
A Male Russet Sparrow (Himachal)

Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Pictures and Detail


Today, I will discuss second Sparrow on this blog, earlier I shared with you pictures and detail of House Sparrow and made you familiar with the disappearance of House Sparrow. Today, I am going to introduce you Russet Sparrow, another Sparrow, which is not so common like House Sparrow. 

The scientific name of this Sparrow is Passer Rutilans and it is also called Cinnamon or Cinnamon Tree Sparrow or Lal Guria (in Hindi). It is a Sparrow family bird and they have thick bill. There are three subspecies of Russet Sparrow. I have got pictures of the Russet Sparrow subspecies which is found in the Himalayan region. 


Male, Russet Sparrow
A Male Russet Sparrow with Insect 

I meet this bird while feeding the house sparrow at my village home near the Baijnath town of Hiamchal. I found that a Rufous colored sparrow is also coming to eat the rice. In my village, everyone has idea that it is also a house sparrow or a jungle sparrow just mixed with common sparrow.


Russent Sparrow, Female
Russet Sparrow Female
When I searched for this Sparrow, then I found that it is a Russet Sparrow and it is very different from the common sparrow.  The other difficult part was to find a female Russet Sparrow because both male and female Russet Sparrow looks different like the house sparrow pair. The female russet sparrow has a yellowish underpart and Rufous color is missing in it.
A Male Russet Sparrow
These birds, mainly eat grains and nut; though, they do enjoy small insects. People can find Russet Sparrow at hill stations because of the presence of these birds in hilly parts. We can easily find Russet Sparrow in the group of Common Sparrow because of same eating habits.

Russet Sparrow
Russet Sparrow
It is believed that voice of Russet Sparrow is the sweetest among all sparrows. Its calls are softer and more musical as compared to house sparrow. This bird is mainly found in Himalaya and Eastern Asia. I liked this bird very much and will share ,more information and picture of it with you.

Russet Sparrow, House Sparrow,
Russet Sparrow with House Sparrow

Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) Picture and Detail (Sweet voiced Bird)

Koel, Asian, Sweet Voice
Asian Koel (male)

Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) Picture and Detail


It is common to find people who are aware of the sweet voice of Koel because during the mating season Koels give very sweet calls "koo-Ooo". We can easily hear their sweet calls of Koo-ooo-koo-ooo in the morning and evening hours. However, the numbers of people who have seen it always remain less because Asian Koel is a very shy bird and it always hide itself well in the dense trees. `

I am also aware of the sweet voice of koel from my childhood time; however, I got a chance to see it a few days back only. I followed the voice of Koel and found it on a tree. Thankfully, the tree was not very dense and I got few of pictures of Koel


Asian Koel, Bottom, Koel,
Asian Koel from Bottom 
The scientific name of Asian Koel is Eudynamys Scolopacieus and it is a bird of the Cuckoo order bird family. This bird is mainly found in Asia and China. Though, Koel is a sweet voiced bird; however, its nature is somewhat of cheater. Koel is classified as a Brood Parasite because it lays its eggs in the nest of other birds like crows and other birds take care of Koel eggs till they mature.

Koel
Koel
Due to its sweet voice, we find the reference of Koel in many old literatures and poems. The male Koel is black in color while the female koel is brown in color with white dots/spots. So far, I have only succeeded in taking pictures of male Koel only and hope to get pictures of female koel soon.

Asian Koel, Male
Asian Koel Male
Asian Koel is a resident bird and it lives near cultivation area and semi-forests. The main diet of Koel includes fruits, insects, eggs of other birds, caterpillar, The main Koel has sanskrit root and it has come of Sanskrit name of Kokila.

The main thing about this bird is its sweet voice which makes it a widely appreciated and talked about bird. I wanted to see this bird and finally, I got some of its pictures.

[Update 06/08/2016]I heard lots about the story of the Asian Koel that it lay its eggs in the crow's nest and through the eggs of crow. Recently, I got a chance to see it through my eyes. I saw few crows feeding two of Asian koel female juveniles. You can see it in the two pictures below. These pictures are clear to show that a clever bird like House crow can also be fooled.

Crow, feeding, Juvenile, Asian Keol, Female

Crow, feeding, Juvenile, Asian Keol, Female,
A Crow feeding Juvenile Asian Keol (Female) 


With this, I also got a chance to take pictures of Juvenile Asian Koel female from the close. The male Asian Koel bird is fully black while female Asian Koel have whitish dots on the wings and white lines on the lower body. These Asian Koel birds are taken care of by the crows as they believe them as their own children. Soon, when these birds will be adult then they will start life as Asian Koels forgetting the life of crows.

Asian Koel, Juvenile, Female
Asian Koel Juvenile (Female) 

Asian Koel Juvenile (Female)




Asian Koel Juvenile (Female) back