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

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. 

Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Munia Pictures and Detail (Beautiful Tiny Birds)


Pair, Scaly-breasted Munia, Munia, Spotted Munia, Tiny Bird,
Pair of Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Munia


Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Munia Pictures and Detail- 

I was trying to capture pictures of these tiny birds from many days; however, failed many times because they disappear in few seconds. After many tries, I got few of pictures of Scaly-breasted Munia also called spotted Munia. The scientific name of this bird is Lonchura punctulata.

Scaly-breasted Munia, Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia is a popular pet bird and many people capture them in cages which I don't like and admire because I love birds in their free environment. They are also called nutmeg mannikin or spice finch by people who trade them. Spotted Munia are small sized birds and sometimes, we may miss to notice them. They are native to tropical Asia and can be spotted in many parts.


Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Muni
Scaly-breasted (Spotted) Muni

The amazing thing about this bird is that we can find 11 sub species of them which are slightly varying in color and size. This shows that how amazing and complex our nature is. Scaly-breasted Munia belongs to the Lonchura genus and it was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.

Scaly-breasted Munia, Munia

This Munia bird got its specific name because of the scale like feathers (spotted marks) on the breast and belly. They have a dark brown bill in the shape of a cone. It is common to find Scaly-breasted Munia eating grass seeds. Apart from seeds, they also eat small berries and insects.



Pair, Scaly-breasted Munia, Munia, Spotted Munia, Tiny Bird,


These birds communicate with each other through soft whistling calls. We can find these birds in city gardens, around small dense trees, bushes and grasslands. It is common to find Scaly-breasted Munia in small groups or in pairs or sometimes alone. These small birds are also known for their social skills. These birds originally belong to Asia and we can find them in India and in island nations like Sri Lanka, Indonesia. Though, these birds have now entered many other parts of the world through the introduction.

Pair, Scaly-breasted Munia, Munia, Spotted Munia, Tiny Bird,


The size of Spotted Munia is around 11-12 cm long with a weight between 11-15 GM only. Due to small size Scaly-breasted Munia always remain vigilant to avoid predators. In the future, I hope to get more pictures of Scaly Breasted (Spotted) Munia.

scaly-breasted munia, munia

Purple Sunbird Pictures and Detail (Cinnyris asiaticus) Male/Female both Pictures

Purple Sunbird. Sunbird, Beautiful
Beautiful Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird, Female
Purple Sunbird Female

Purple Sunbird Pictures and Detail (Cinnyris asiaticus)


The first Sunbird which I captured through my camera was Crimson Sunbird in the hills of Himachal Pradesh.  Purple Sunbird is second Sunbird and this time, I have pictures of both male and female Purple Sunbird. 
Purple Sunbird, Male, Making calls
Purple Sunbird Male Making Calls

You can see in the picture, Male Purple Sunbird is Purple in color while female Purple Sunbird has olive and yellow color. Like the Crimson Sunbird, these Sunbird mainly feed on nectar and insects. 

Purple Sunbird, Tree
Purple Sunbird on a Branch of Tree
The biggest difficulty you get while taking pictures of Sunbird is their very small size and their constant moments. We mostly don't notice these birds because of their small size.

The unique point of Purple Sunbird is their fast and direct flights and due to this, they can become out of sight anytime.

Female, Purple Sunbird
Female Purple Sunbird

The scientific name of Purple Sunbird is (Cinnyris asiaticus) Purple Sunbirds are resident birds and they don't migrate to long distances. These birds are mainly found in plains unlike crimson sunbird which I found in the Hills.

We can find many subspecies of Purple Sunbird in India and in Asia. We can recognize or find these birds through sharp calls made by them.


Purple Sunbird,
Purple Sunbird

The Sunbirds can live for 20 years if everything goes fine and my people put these birds in cages.
Purple Sunbird, Male
Purple Sunbird Male

Though, male and female Purple Sunbird have a difference in color at first look anyone can think that they are different birds not related to each other. After taking many pictures of Purple male and female Sunbird, I have found great coordination between them.

When one of male or female Purple Sunbird absorbs nectar from flowers than the other one keep eyes on the dangers and keep on making calls. By observing a slightest danger, both of them fly away immediately.

We can find this tiny bird throughout India, though, we can see some difference in their color from place to place. By making such tiny birds, nature has made our world very beautiful.

Purple Sunbird Female, Female,
Beautiful Purple Sunbird Female

The Cinereous Tit Pictures and Detail (Parus Cinereus) Tiny Bird and Sweet Voice

Cinereous Tit, Tiny Birds
Cinereous Tit on Tree Branch


The Cinereous Tit  (Parus Cinereus)  


Many times, I wake in the morning while listening to sweet calls of Cinereous Tit because few Cinereour tits live around me and they sing in the morning. Cinereous Tit is a small tiny bird of black and white colors only; however, its voice is very sweet. 

It is hard to capture pics of these birds because they are shy in nature and second, they move very fast from one place to another. It took me around six months to get a few of their pics. We can find Cinereous Tit in most parts of India and South Asia.

The picture below of Cinereous Tit, I took in Hilly Part of Himachal Prades. 
Cinereous Tit, Parus Cinereus, Tinny Bird,
The Cinereous Tit (Parus Cinereus) Tinny Bird

These birds are part of tit family and their scientific name is Parus Cinereus. This bird also has many subspecies which vary in size and color.

Cinereous Tit mainly feed on fruits, seeds, insects. We can identify them with their white cheeks and white lines on the wings. They are good examples of beautiful black and white birds.

The best part of them is their whistling sweet sound which provides great relief to the mind.

Cinereous Tit, Back
Cinereous Tit from Back

Birds like Cinereous Tit make our surrounding beautiful and musical. These birds give eggs in the summers and their mating season can start from Feburary. During their mating season, whistling calls increasing many times.

Cinereous Tit, Ground
Cinereous Tit on Ground

I also found a related species to Cinereous Tit with yellow breast and later found that it is Great Tit.

Great Tit, Cinereous Tit
Great Tit and Cinereous Tit Together
Birds like Cinereous Tit are very useful for our ecological system because they help in cleaning the environment.

Cinereous Tit, Down Position
Cinereous Tit in Down Position 

All Pics of Cinereous Tit Taken by Arvind Katoch