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Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Pictures and Detail

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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. 


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.


When I searched for this Sparrow,…

The Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus Sutorius) Pictures and Detail

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The Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus Sutorius) Pictures and Detail 
Today, I will introduce you to a small songbird, Common Tailorbird. In Hindi and many parts of India, this bird is called Piddi. If you are a nature lover and like to observe birds, then you must have noticed this small bird giving very pleasant calls. I came across this bird a number of times and a few times, I do get a chance to enjoy its sweet song.



During the my stay in Hoshiarpur, I wake up many times with the sweet calls of the Common Tailor bird because few of them were visiting the tree behind my room. I have found common Tailorbirds at many locations in Punjab and they are very common. However, due to busy and noisy life, many people fail to enjoy the sweetness of their songs. 
The scientific name of this bird is Orthotomus Sutorius and it is a Warbler. The size of this bird is so small sometimes, you find it hard to pinpoint the exact location of it, It is common to find this bird in the Urban gardens or near huma…

Bank myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) Picture and Detail

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Bank myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) Picture and Detail 
As you go deep into the world of birds, then you witness a great variety of birds. I never though earlier that so many kinds of Myna lives around us. Around the world, we can find two dozen myna. The first myna, I shared with you was Common Myna and now, I am going to share Bank Myna and which is also called Sharak in Punjabi. 
Initially, I thought that it is a jungle Myna because of its resemblance to it; however, on closer look, I found that there is a difference in color of bleak and skin around its eye. On some study, I found that It is bank myna. The scientific name of this myna is Acridotheres ginginianus. 

 Like the Common Myna, Bank Myna also doesn't fear much from human and therefore, you get a nice chance to take its pictures. The brick red color of its bleak and skin around eyes is the main indicator that it is Bank myna. Also, there is no white patch on the wings of Bank Myna as we see in the Common Myna.
 Bank…

(Indian) Jungle Crow (Corvus Macrorhynchos) Pictures and Details

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Jungle Crow (Corvus Macrorhynchos) Pictures and Details
The first crow, I shared with you was the Indian (House) Crow, now I am going to introduce you with the Jungle Crow, as the name suggest it is a crow which mostly lives in the jungle. It is very common to find Jungle Crows in the Jungle and they sound alarm with their sharp voice when you enter an area where they live. 
Though, Jungle crow are not exclusive to jungles only, many times, we can find them in urban areas and near human population. The scientific name of Jungle Crow is Corvus Macrohynchos. This crow is also called Large-billed crow and Thick-billed crow because of its large bill. Jungle crows are widespread across Asia.
The best way to recognize these crows is to notice the complete black color on their body. Like the house crow, these crows do survive on the variety of food and they do adjust to different situations. Jungle crows are much better hunters as compared to house crows and they survive more on the natura…

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia Chinensis) Pictures and Detail (Also called Mountain or Pearl necked or Lace Necked Dove)

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Spotted Dove (Spilopelia Chinensis) Pictures and Detail  We can find many doves around us and some of these doves are very common while others we rarely see. Earlier, I shared with you Laughing Dove (or Palm dove) and Rock dove (or Pigeon) which we commonly found around us. Today, I am going to share with you another dove or Pigeon, Spotted Dove, with whom I met in Himchal Pradesh. 
I noticed that a pair of doves is commonly coming to our home and nearby fields. I took my camera and captured some of its pictures. By studying it, I found that it is a long tail pigeon (dove) and it is called Spotted Dove. Its scientific name is Spilopelia Chinensis). It is also called Mountain or Pearl necked or Lace Necked Dove.

With some efforts, these birds become my friend and they started coming close to me and I took some of their nice pictures. These are native birds of Asia and we can easily spot them in India. Spotted doves have also established them in new geographical locations like Australi…

Indian Grey Hornbill Pictures and Detail (Ocyceros birostris) A Shy Grey Bird

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Indian Grey Hornbill Pictures and Detail (Ocyceros birostris)
Indian Grey Hornbill is common Hornbill found in Indian Subcontinent. The scientific name of this bird is Ocyceros birostris. These birds, mainly live in the trees and hardly descend to the ground. When I first saw Indian Grey Hornbill, then noticed that it is a Hornbill; however, I was not confirmed about its original name. 
However, I easily found that it is an Indian Grey Hornbill. I saw these birds at many locations from the foothills of Himalaya to the plains. Initially, I found it very hard to take their pictures because of their shy nature. 
These birds have grey feathers and the color of the belly is light grey.  They have a dark grey Horn with some extended part. Indian Grey Harnbill mainly feed on fruits, though they may eat small insects, reptiles, molluscs, scorpions etc.
The size of Indian Grey Harnbill is around 61 cm. Their eyes are reddish and we can easily notice them. I mostly noticed them in either in p…

Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail

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Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail 
During my recent visit to Hiamchal Pradesh, I noticed that a deep blue and white colored bird is feeding its juveniles on the edge of a rooftop. I decided to capture its pictures and finally got many of pictures of adult and juveniles. On some study, I found that the name of this bird is Barn Swallow
I saw this bird for the first time or at least noticed it for the first time. I found these birds very attractive and they were making dives in the air to catch insects to feed baby Barn Swallows. There were around eight Juveniles of Barn Swallow waiting silently on the edge of the rooftop for their turn to get food from the parents. 

In the picture above, You can clearly see an adult Barn Swallow feeding its juvenile. It looked that Juveniles were unable to catch insects themselves so the adults were feeding them.
 The Scientific name of this bird is Hirundo Rustica and it belongs to the bird family Swallow. This bird is found in the…

Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia) (The Piegon we find around)

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Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia)

Today, I am going to cover second Dove i.e. Rock Dove also popularly known as Rock Pigeon or simply Pigeon. The first dove, I covered on this blog was Laughing Dove, which we mostly see together with Rock Pigeons. 
Rock Pigeons are very common birds because they are very good in adapting to different geographic conditions.   Rock Doves belong to the bird group of Columbidae (the group to which all doves and Pigeons belong). There are total of 310 birds in this group. 



We are feeding Pigeons from last 15 years, therefore, I am seeing them closely and can easily notice them with the sound they make. It is also common to see Pigeons in captivity and many people breed them. The relationship of humans and Pigeons is very old (10,000 years old) and before, the postal system, these birds were used to send essential mails or letters.


Rock Pigeons are basically wild birds, however, with time they have adapted very well to the urban enviro…