On World Sparrow Day today, here are some pictures of House Sparrows (Scientific name: Passer domesticus) that I clicked at Muscat in Feb/2016.

One flew to the papaya tree

There were two of them, White-cheeked Barbets (Scientific name: Megalaima viridis), one was singing and the other presumably, listening. But when they heard me and Luci climb the stairs, they hurriedly flew away, one to the mango tree, where it impersonated a mango leaf and was hence harder to spot, and the other to the papaya tree, to sing some more in full view.
Clicked at Trivandrum in March/2017.


The return

Back in my backyard after a longish gap, the neighborhood White-throated Kingfisher (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) perches on its favorite neem tree. Clicked at Trivandrum in Feb/2017.



Black-rumped Goldenback

The Black-rumped Goldenback (Scientific name: Dinopium benghalense) gave a startlingly loud call to make known its arrival. “Come on out and get my picture if you can!” So I did just that 😉
Clicked at Trivandrum in Jan/2017.


Drinking deep

A Rosy Starling (Scientific name: Pastor roseus) drinking from the flower of the African tuliptree. A flock of them have been visiting the neighborhood tree in the morning in recent times. I have learnt that they migrate during the winter months from Europe. Clicked at Trivandrum in Jan/2017.


First time visitor

First time in my neighborhood, the Indian Pond Heron (Scientific name: Ardeola grayii). It was found feeding on fish from my next-door neighbor’s ornamental garden pond. On hearing my dog, it flew away to the gulmohur tree in the distance. A lost photo opportunity 😦  Clicked at Trivandrum in Jan/2017.



Greater Coucal

A regular visitor, the Greater Coucal (Scientific name: Centropus sinensis), perched on the banana tree. Clicked at Trivandrum in March/2016.


Spotlit bird

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Scientific name: Muscicapa latirostris) on the jackfruit tree. The Asian brown flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The word Muscicapa comes from the Latin musca, a fly and capere, to catch. (Wiki) Clicked at Trivandrum in Feb/2015.


Scanning the neighborhood

The Forest Wagtail (Scientific name: Dendronanthus indicus)is a distinctive wagtail the only one placed in the genus Dendronanthus (all other wagtails are placed in Motacilla…Apart from its unusual plumage pattern and habitat, the forest wagtail differs from its Motacilla relatives in its strange habit of swaying its tail from side to side, not wagging it up and down like other wagtails. (Wiki) Clicked at Trivandrum in Feb/2016.




Open and shut

The Indian River Tern or just River Tern (Scientific name: Sterna aurantia). This is a medium-sized tern, 38–43 cm long with dark grey upper-parts, white underparts, a forked tail with long flexible streamers, and long pointed wings. The bill is yellow and the legs red. It has a black cap in breeding plumage. In the winter the cap is greyish white, flecked and streaked with black, there is a dark mask through the eye, and the tip of the bill becomes dusky. (Wiki) Clicked at Ranganathittu in Oct/2015


River Terns

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