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Yellow (Gold)-billed Blue Magpie Pictures and Detail (Urocissa flavirostris)

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Yellow (Gold ) -billed Magpie Yellow (Gold ) -billed Blue Magpie Pictures and Detail (Urocissa flavirostris) This bird made me wait and travel lot to take its pictures, though, after following it for three months, I succeeded in getting few of pictures of Yellow or Gold-billed Blue Magpie . First, I got attracted to this because of its noisy calls. [Update 26/04/15 - During my present visit to my native village in Himachal, a yellow-billed magpie become my friend and he started following me where ever I was going with my camera. I too enjoyed his company and clicked many of his pictures. Pair of Yellow-billed Magpie This time, I didn't require an alarm clock because the sharp calls of Gold-billed Magpie were enough to wake me up in the morning. They make many types of calls to communicate with each other.] Bet ween Yellow-billed Magpie, I also found other specie of Magpie i.e. Red-billed Magpie . In the picture below, You can see one of my friends Red-billed

The Blue Whistling Thrush Pictures and Detail (Myophonus caeruleus)

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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 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 wh

The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta formosae)

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The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie The Grey (Himalayan) Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta formosae ) This is second Treepie whom I captured through my camera. Earlier it was Rufous Treepie ,  a Specie of Treepie from the plains. In India, we can find many geographically different regions; therefore, we see differences in birds too. The Himalayan ranges cross through the Northern and Eastern part of India; therefore, we find here many Himalayan birds. Grey Treepie is one of such bird which is also known as Himalayan Treepie . Unlike Rufous Treepie, these birds don't have a melodious voice and they look silent in nature. Grey Treepie from Back Like Rufous Treepie , Grey Treepie is also a bird of the crow family. These birds are found in the all geographical areas from foothills to higher peaks of Himalaya . Grey Treepie is basically an Asian Treepie. These birds are found from Northern India to Taiwan, including countries like China, Nepal, Myanmar.  Ther

The Great Tit Pictures and Detail (Parus major)

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Beautiful Great Tit The Great Tit Pictures and Detail (Parus major) Intitally, I thought that this bird is also Cinereous Tit , however, with some research, I found that the Tit with yellow color around the stomach and the breast is called Great Tit . I found a Pair of Great Tit and Cinereous Tit, both of them were searching food on same tree.  Great Tit and Cinereous Tit Together  Great Tit is also a Tit family bird which is a big family of small birds. The only difference between Great Tit and Cinereous Tit is a yellow color in the stomach region in the Great Tit instead of white color in the same region in Cinereous Tit.  The behavior and size of both birds are quite similar and it is common to find these birds together in many places. Till 2005, this the Great Tit was believed a sub species of Cinereous Tit and Japanese Tit. The Great Tit found in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.  It is resident bird and it doesn't migrate. Due to small size, t

The White Capped Redstart Pictures and Detail (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)

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White Capped Redstart in Himachal Pradesh The White Capped Redstart Pictures and Detail (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus) I met White-capped Redstart in Himachal. During my visit to my native village in Himachal, my aunt told me that there is a beautiful bird moving around with white patch on the top of the head. I was lucky because I met the bird same evening and for the next four days we met three times.  Fortunately, White-capped Redstart didn't mind my presence and I got a chance to take some beautiful pictures of this bird. White-capped Redstart is found in Indian Subcontinent and South-East Asia. Also check Plumbeous Water Redstart White-capped Redstart from Back The size of this bird is around 19 cm and its scientific name is ( Chaimarrornis leucocephalus ).  These birds belong to the Muscicapidae  family of birds. At present, White-capped Redstart is in the least concern category of birds as per the threat level and we can find them on a wide range. 

The Slaty-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Himalayan Parrot) (Psittacula himalayana)

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Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot)  The Slaty-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Himalayan Parrot) (Psittacula himalayana) Before this article, I wrote about Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Parrot)  which is a common species of parrots found in the plains of India. At that time, I was not aware that there are 372 types of Parakeet species around the world.   When I captured the pictures of Slaty-headed Parakeet , then I found that there is a color variation from common Parrots of Plains and Himalayan Parrots are more colorful. The Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrots) are called so because of the slaty color of their head region.  Pair of Slaty-headed Parakeet These parrots mainly found in Himalayan range from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh in India including Bhutan and Nepal. Slaty-headed Parakeet ( Himalayan Parrot ) show altitudinal migration which means they migrate to higher peaks in summer and lower heights in winters.  Slaty-headed par

The Ruddy Shelduck Pictures and Detail (Tadorna ferruginea) Migratory Birds

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Pair of Ruddy Shelduck  The Ruddy Shelduck Pictures and Detail (Tadorna ferruginea) Everytime I visit Ropar wetland, I get a chance to capture pictures of ducks. Last I captured pictures of Spot-billed Ducks  and this time, it was the turn of  Ruddy Shelduck. In general, these ducks don't come close to side of the wetland where human interference is more; however, sometimes, you get few exceptions.  Ruddy Shelduck is member of Duck family and it is put in Shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. These are mainly migratory birds and they come to the Indian subcontinent in winters. This bird is mainly found in pairs or in small groups.  I was fortunate to get pictures of Ruddy Shelduck pictures during this winter; otherwise, I was required to wait for next winters. These birds arrive in Indian in October and leaves around April.  The Ruddy Shelduck Male The male Ruddy Shelduck can be recognized by a black ring on the neck. In some parts of the world, these birds are hu

The Indian Pond Heron Pictures and Detail (Ardeola grayii)

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Indian Pond Heron An Indian Pond Heron Perfectly Hiding in Leaves The Indian Pond Heron Pictures and Detail (Ardeola grayii) Some of Birds are so good in camouflage that we need hard efforts to find them. Indian Pond Heron is also one such bird, which uses its wing color to hide in the leaves.   This happened with me during my recent visit to Harike Wetland, while taking pictures, I noticed that something is hiding in the leaves. When we reached closure, then I found that it is an Indian Pond Heron.  Indian Pond Heron  It is hard to find this bird when you see it from a distance because it mixes very well in the environment.  In the below picture, you can understand what I am saying.  Can you identify Indian Pond Heron It was an interesting experience to capture a few pics of Indian Pond Heron in its wild background. This bird can be found from Iran to Burma, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka.  The scientific name of this bir