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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

The Blue Whistling Thrush Pictures and Detail (Myophonus caeruleus)

Blue Whistling Thrush,
Blue Whistling Thrush

The Blue Whistling Thrush Pictures and Detail (Myophonus caeruleus)


When I captured the above pic of Blue Whistling thrush at that time, I had no idea about this bird. From a distance, this bird looks like small crow and you hardly notice small white dots. However, when I saw this picture on my computer then it becomes clear that it is a different bird. 

After some research, I came to know that it is called Blue Whistling Thrush which is a Himalayan and Asian Bird. This bird is found in a big geographical location from Afghanistan to Vietnam. This is a mountain bird because mostly found near the mountains. I captured these pictures in a village near Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh. 

Blue Whistling Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
In the above two pictures, you can see some insect in the beak of Blue Whistling Thrush. These birds feed on insects, fruits, nuts, snails and crabs. 

Blue Whistling Thrush got its name because of its dark blue color and its ability to whistle like humans. The scientific name of this bird is Myophonus caeruleus. In different locations, we can find some change it is color and size. We can also find many subspecies of this bird. 

Blue Whistling Thrush, Back
Blue Whistling Thrush 

The best way to identify this bird is to spot white dots on the upper part of the body. This bird is found either alone or in pairs; though, I spotted it alone most of the times. 

I found this bird very hard working because I always found in looking for food except in one case where I found him sitting on a tree branch in the above picture. 

Blue Whistling Thrush, Nut, Beak
Blue Whistling Thrush with Nut in Beak
In the above picture, you can see a Blue Whistling Thrush with a nut in his beak. 

Both the sexes of Blue Whistling Thrush are alike, though males are slightly bigger in size. They show altitudinal migration and move up hills in summers and descend down in winters. 

Blue Whistling Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
I enjoyed taking pictures of Blue Whistling Thrush; however, it is shy birds and it becomes difficult to find it. On my next visit to Himachal Pradesh, I hope to get more of his pictures. 

All pics by Arvind Katoch