Category Archives: Indian birds

The Agile Grey-throated Martin

About: These birds are among the smallest in their family comprising Swallows, Swifts and Martins. They are dark brown above with white bellies and, as their name suggests, have a grey throat and appear to be wearing a brown necklace.   Their eyes are specially adapted for the forward vision for them to be able to see & catch insects

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The Resplendent White-Throated Kingfisher

‘Blue as the wings of the Halcyon wild’… goes the poem in my text book by Sarojini Naidu, referring to this bird. Such is the White-throated kingfisher – beautiful enough to be the subject of a poem. About: A bird of several colors, it is mainly reddish brown with wings in many shades of blue and a matching tail but

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The Confident Black Drongo:

About: This bird is uni-colored: the beak, whiskers, eyes, wings and underside are all black. The upperside and wings are glossy. The tail is long and has a deep fork to it. Behavior: Each has a favourite perch that may be electric cables, tall grasses, a tree branch or even a termite mound. They may also piggy back on cattle

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The Disappearing Finn’s Weaver

Remember the Baya weaver? The talented, yellow, sparrow-like bird that weaves its own nest? (I wrote about it earlier) About: The Finn’s Weaver is a cousin of the Baya but with a bigger beak and is overall very similar in appearance. Its hard to tell them apart in winters but in summers, the difference becomes crystal clear. The boys turn

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