Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling Pictures and Detail

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Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling

Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling Pictures and Detail-

Today, it's time for another Myna i.e. Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling. Last Mynas, I shared with you were Brahminy Myna, Bank Myna and Common Myna. Like the other Mynas, Pied Myna is also a common bird; however, less common than other Common Myna and Bank Myna. These are very social birds and from last two years, I am seeing a pair of Pied Myna making nest at the same location. These birds are slightly shy than the common myna and avoid coming close to humans. However, they also live near to humans and we can find them near human population in villages and cities. 
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A Pied Myna or Asian pied starling

The scientific name of Pied Myna is Gracupica contra.  Pied Myna belongs starling species and this bird is mainly found in Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This bird has five subspecies and we can find slight variations in their color and size as per the geographical location. The calls of these birds are much sweeter and lighter as compared to other Mynas.

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One legged Pied Myna
Above you can see the picture of a one legged Pied Myna. Earlier, I saw few of one legged Common Mynas; however, I only once saw a one legged Pied Myna. These are the birds of the plains and not found on the higher hills. The population of this Myna is on the rise and they are establishing base in new locations.

 In captivity, these birds are known to imitate the sound of other birds; therefore, many people use them as pet birds. It is common to find Pied Mynas venturing into fields, open areas, grasslands in the search of insects, grains, small worms and molluscs. Below, You can see the pictures of a Pied Myna Juvenile. You can clearly see the brownish wings on his body.

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Juvenile Pied Myna

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Juvenile Pied Myna
Like the other Mynas, Their breeding season is between March and September. We can find Asian Pied Starling in pairs or in small groups. They make their nests in the big trees or man-made structures like electricity polls (as seen by me). I observed several times that they defend their nest very aggressively from predators.

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A Pied Myna

This is first set of pictures of Pied Myna and I hope to get more pictures and info on the Pied Myna in near future.

Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail (A bird with Elongated Feathers)

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail

Brahminy Starling (Myna) Pictures and Detail- 

Today, I will be discussing third Myna, which is called Brahminy Starling or Brahminy Myna. Earlier, I wrote about Bank Myna and Common (Indian) Myna. Like these Myna, Brahminy Myna can be commonly seen in many places. Like the other Myna, these are also not much shy of humans and they come close to human beings. 

The scientific name of Brahminy Myna is Sturnia pagodarum and they belong to sterling family. Mostly, we see them in pairs or in a group of birds. Brahminy Myna belongs to the Indian Subcontinent and we can find them in countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and some parts of Pakistan. 

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Front View

Like the Common Myna, they also like to live close to human habitats and we can easily observe them in cities and villages. In winters these birds visit hot places like Sri Lanka and in summers, they go to cold places like the Himalayas. They are mainly found in the plains or in lower hills.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) eating Seeds

Brahminy Starling mainly eats seeds, fruits and insects. They built their nest in open spaces or in the tree holes. Their breeding season is from March to September. It is common to see Brahminy Myna along the unpaved roads and behind the grazing cattle like other Mynas.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) Bottom
Brahminy Myna gives three to four eggs in a single breeding season and the color of their eggs is pale bluish green. These birds are known to absorb nectars from the flowers. We can find this myna in forests, grasslands, marshy areas, waterlogged areas and near human population.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) eating seeds
With some patience, we can find Brahminy Myna around us. They are not very common like Common Myna; however, they are also not very rare that we can't find them.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) hidden in Tree
We can find observe these birds through the elongated neck feathers. The color of Brahminy Starling is pale buff cream. Brahminy Myna is a wonderful bird and I will bring more update on it in near future.

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) 

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Brahminy Starling (Myna) from Front

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Indian Black Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) Pictures and Detail

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Indian Black Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) Pictures and Detail 

Indian Black Ibis (Black Ibis) Pictures and Detail 

Recently, I got a chance to take some pictures of a young Indian Black Ibis bird which was looking for insects. This bird is also called Red-naped ibis or black ibis and its scientific name is Pseudibis papillosa. We can recognize this bird with the crimson red patch on the head and a white patch on the shoulder, though, young Black ibis birds don't have a crimson color patch on the head. 

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Black ibis

We usually found other ibis birds near the water; however, Indian black ibis are not totally dependent on the water and we can find in the dry areas too. These birds have very loud calls. I also got altered by his calls and got my camera to capture few pics. 

These birds found in most parts of the Indian Subcontinent. The habitats of the black ibis can be found around rivers, lakes, wetlands, marshes, fields and they make their nests on the top of trees. Black ibis are large birds with long legs and bill. Its feathers and wings are black with green-blue shades. 

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Young Indian Black Ibis

Both sexes of this bird are alike; however, juveniles don't have crown and bare head. Black ibis are mostly silent birds; however, they make very strong calls during the breeding season. They mainly feed on insects, frogs, carrion, small vertebrates and grain. These birds fly by making V Shape formation in the sky. 

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Young Indian Black Ibis

It is common to find these birds in Punjab and Haryana because it is their preferred place for breeding. This time, I got a chance to capture a pic of a young Indian Black Ibis and next time, I hope to capture pics of adult black ibis birds too. 

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Pictures and Detail

Cattle Egret on the Top of Tree

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Pictures and Detail- 

Most of people must have observed Cattle egret birds riding the back of a buffalo or some other animal. Cattle Egret birds are native of Asia, Africa and Europe. We can see these birds, in a wide geographical area other than their native lands because of their rapid growth. Cattle Egret presents an example of a wider natural expansion ever reached by any bird.

Beautiful, Cattle Egret
Beautiful Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret prefers to move along with grazing animals like buffalo because their activities and movements help cattle egret to catch its preys which are mostly insects. There are studies showing that Cattle Egret birds are more successful in catching prey when they are moving along with grazing animals as compared to catching preys alone

Cattle Egret, Wings Open,
Cattle Egret with wings open

[Update- 06/09/2016 -  Cattle Egrets are common birds if move out of cities. It is common to find them in the fields, near water bodies or around grazing cattle. Below, You can see the close up of face of an cattle egret whom I meet few days back and got better pics of Cattle egret.]

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Face Close up Cattle Egret

I have been watching these birds from my childhood and I was always thinking that why these birds ride on the back of an animal. Today, I know the answer that these birds are opportunistic and they look easy solutions to catch the insects. We can also see group cattle egret birds moving the behind a tractor plowing the field to catch insects.

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Cattle Egret birds following the Tractor

Cattle Egrets are members of the Heron family Ardeidae. These birds are white in color; however, they can show red flush on legs and bill during the breeding season. Some populations of Cattle Egret are migratory while others are not.

Group of Cattle Egret Birds
Group of Cattle Egret Birds 

We can commonly found these birds in the grasslands, wetlands, rice fields, farms etc. It is much easier to find these birds and we just need to look at farms, grasslands or wetlands. These birds are commonly found in groups; though, we can find some of them catching preys alone. 

Cattle Egret,
Cattle Egret

These birds don't fear humans much and they may come very close. In the wet field, we can see cattle egrets waiting for the insects coming out of the fields, when water enters the holes in the fields. These birds have got this name because of their special relational with grazing animals. Cattle Egret eats are ticks and flies causing trouble to cattle, thus making a mutually beneficial relationship for both.

Cattle Egret
Cattle EGRET 
The positioning of eyes in the Cattle Egret helps to get a binocular view and some studies suggest that their eyes are capable of nocturnal activities. These bird nests in colonies which are commonly around the water bodies like wetlands.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

[Update - 06/09/2016 - Sometimes, it looks spectacular to watch Cattle Egret in the wet or green fields. Cattle egrets are common friends of farmers and it is common to find them in fields and sometimes, we can find hundreds of them in a single field. You can also enjoy these beautiful views by moving out with your camera.]

Cattle Egret in Wet field

The breeding season of Cattle Egret is from April to October, depending on their Geographical location. A new male is chosen for every breeding season.
Cattle Egret in a Wet Field
Cattle Egret in a Wet Field 

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail (Barbet with Loud Calls)

Great Barbet,
Great Barbet 

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail

Today, I will introduce you to the third Barbet with whom I met a few days back. First, I introduced you to the Brown-headed Barbet and then with Blue-throated Barbet. Now, it is time to meet the Great Barbet or Great Hill Barbet with whom I met near Baijnath Town in Himachal Pradesh. In my village, it is very common to hear the loud noise of great barbet, though, we sometimes also hear the voice of blue-throated barbet too. They sometimes come very close the trees near my home and many times, I have seen them in groups too. 

Great Barbet, in Trees

I found its location through his sharp calls which you can listen from a distance. Great Barbet is an Asian Barbet and it is the biggest among all Barbets. Like the other barbets, it is also a plump bird with a short neck, big head, and short tail.

Great Barbet

Great Barbet can be easily seen sitting on the top of a tree and making constant loud calls. Their calls are so constant that they become an integral part of the surrounding.

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Great Barbet
Great Hill Barbet mainly eats insects and fruits like the other barbets. This bird is mainly found in the lower and middle ranges of the Himalayas and their range is from Pakistan to Laos and they are resident (non-migratory) birds.

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Great Hill Barbet

We also found some subspecies of Great Barbets depending on the geographical locations. The size of this bird is 32-33 cm and weigh around 200-220 g.
Great Barbet
Great Barbet
Great Barbet,

Great Hill Barbet has a blue head, brown neck, and red vent. Rest of body is green in color. Like the other barbets, it also has a large yellow bill. Both male and female Great Barbets look similar.

Beautiful Great Barbet
Beautiful Great Barbet
They make their nests in the tree cavities or holes. The male adult Great Barbet makes loud calls of Pio-pio-pio-pio which you can hear from a long distance.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher Pictures and Detail (A bird from the Paradise) (One of the most beautiful birds, I ever seen)

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Male

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Female
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Female

Asian Paradise Flycatcher Pictures and Detail

As the name suggests, when you see these birds for the first time, then it looks that you are seeing some birds from the paradise. These birds are very beautiful and fly very slowly from one branch of the tree to another branch like a weightless object is flying. 

The scientific name of these birds is Terpsiphone paradise and they are one of the most beautiful birds, I have ever seen. The male birds have a white colored body with long tail and glossy black colored head. Female birds are Rufous on the back and grayish throat and underparts.

Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
This is the advantage of bird photography that you get a chance to see the beauty of life so deeply. It was a lit bit challenge for me to capture the pictures of male and female Asian Paradise flycatcher because of their shy nature, they were flying away.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Female Asian Paradise Flycatcher 
After two months of chasing these birds, I become lucky by a sudden visit of a female Asian Paradise Flycatcher around me. I got a chance to capture some of its pictures; though to take the pictures of the male Asian Paradise Flycatcher it took me even more time.

Male, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Male Asian Paradise Flycatcher 

Asian Paradise flycatcher birds are native to Asia and we can find them in the long geographical area. The young males are rufous colored and they have a short tail.  These birds are found throughout India and we can find 14 sub-species of them depending on their color and size.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

The best way to find these birds is through their sharp and loud skreek-streek calls. As the name suggests, Asian Paradise Flycatchers eat insects and they catch them during the flight like other flycatcher birds.
Female, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Asian Paradise flycatcher is migratory birds and in winters they move to tropical  regions of Asia to avoid harsh winters. There breeding season is May to July and they give two to three eggs. We can find them mostly in pairs following each other.
male, Asian Paradise Flycatcher

I have a wonderful experience while taking pictures of these beautiful birds and I hope capture more in future.