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Asian Koel: Of Melody & Noise

One may not be familiar with the Koel’s looks, but its kooo…koooo…koooo…… call is very well known. About: A pair – perhaps not on talking terms… The boys are entirely glossy black with fiery red eyes. Sometimes, a faint silvery eye-ring can also be seen. The beak is tea green. The girls are very different. They are mainly brown/black above

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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 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 Kurinji Flower And The Birds

About: The Kurinji is a rarely flowering plant that blooms once in twelve years and when it does, it paints the hills blue and gives the Nilgiri hills their name – Nilgiri means blue hills. And this year was that special year. Elsewhere, in the Western Ghats in India, the flowers are present but not in such large numbers. In

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The Colorful World of Barbets – 4: Blue-Throated Barbet & Great Barbet

Let me introduce to two more Indian (mainly) Himalayan barbets. Blue-Throated Barbet: Just think of the colors red, blue and green. Combine them and you have this breath-taking beauty. This is the Blue-Throated Barbet. About: This ‘red-haired’ bird wears a black ‘hairband’, has a fringe style ‘haircut’ and wears a sort of blue balaclava with a hint of red peeping

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The Colorful World of Barbets – 3: White-Cheeked Barbet

This bird is only found in a narrow range in South India and nowhere else in the world. So far, I have never seen this bird in the dry areas of the region. So, I guess, it restricts its movement to the areas that are green. What could be the reason?? Food? Camouflage?? It really blends well with the green

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