Tag Archives: Birding Blog

The Graceful Spot-billed Pelican

Yesterday, from my window, I saw these graceful birds return from their annual migration. There weren’t too many of them. I think this is just the first lot. This time, lets meet the Spot-billed Pelican. To me, it is the most graceful flying bird. One has to see the pelican up close to realize how big these birds are. A

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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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Yellow-Throated Bulbul

Don’t we just love it when we find a pair of rare birds close to where we live?  The birds I’m talking about – Yellow – Throated Bulbuls – are very rare. They are very shy and don’t usually stay in one place for long.     About: Yellow-throated Bulbuls look like Oriental White-eyes I wrote about earlier, except for

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The Migratory Ruff: Having A Rough Time

  Ruff is a migratory bird that comes to India from the colder parts of Europe and Asia to spend its winter. About: Much is written about this bird acquiring a multi-colored frilly collar similar to a lion’s mane and head gear in summer. There is striking difference between the boy called ruff and the girl called reeve but thats

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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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The Colorful World of Barbets – 2: Brown-Headed Barbet

If you think we are the only ones who can change our goggles, think again. This amazing bird can change the color of the area around its eyes in a matter of minutes. Let me tell you about this barbet, The Brown-headed Barbet. This bird is found only in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Even in India, this is found

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