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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 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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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 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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