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

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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. 



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.



Brahminy Starling mainly eats seeds, fruits and insects…

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

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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 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.



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.


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Indian Black Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) Pictures and Detail

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Indian Black Ibis (Black Ibis) Pictures and Detail 
Recently, I got a chance to take some pictures of a young Indian Black Ibis bird that 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. 

We usually found other ibis birds near the water; however, Indian black ibis birds are not totally dependent on the water and we can find them in the dry areas too. These birds have very loud calls. I also got altered by his calls and got my camera to capture a 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 is a large bird with long legs and bill. Its feathers and wings are bla…

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Pictures and Detail

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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.


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. 


[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 day…

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

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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. 

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 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 sur…

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

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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 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. Also visit - Verditer Flycatcher
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.


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.
After two months of chasing these birds, I become lucky by a sudden visit of a female Asian Paradise Flycatcher around me. I…

Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrine) Himalayan Sub Specie (Pictures, Detail and Video)

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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.

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.


When I took the pictures of this bird, then it allowed me to take as many pictures as I want without having any fear fr…