The White-cheeked Barbet or Small Green Barbet (Scientific name: Megalaima viridis viridis) is a species of barbet found in southern India. These birds are primary cavity nesters, chiseling out the trunk or a vertical branch of tree with a round entry hole. They breed from December to July, sometimes raising two broods. Favoured nest trees in urban areas include gulmohur (Delonix regia) and African tulip (Spathodea campanulata).
Clicked at Trivandrum in Dec/2018.
Pale-billed Flowerpecker or Tickell’s Flowerpecker (Scientific name: Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) has a distinctive pinkished curved beak. It’s rapid chipping call draws one’s attention to its presence. Clicked at Trivandrum in Nov/2018.
Greater Coucal (Scientific name: Centropus sinensis) atop the mango tree in my neighbor’s yard. Clicked at Trivandrum in December/2018.
The Mascarene Martin or Mascarene Swallow (Scientific name: Phedina borbonica)is a relatively quiet bird, but it has a warbled siri-liri siri-liri song given in flight or when perched. Clicked at Bel Ombre, Mauritius in Aug/2017
An Indian Peafowl or Blue Peafowl (Scientific name: Pavo cristatus), is a large and brightly colored bird, and a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world.
The adult peahen has a rufous-brown head with a crest as in the male but the tips are chestnut edged with green. The upper body is brownish with pale mottling. The primaries, secondaries and tail are dark brown. The lower neck is metallic green and the breast feathers are dark brown glossed with green. The remaining underparts are whitish. This peahen made an unexpected appearance in our residential premises one afternoon. Clicked at Trivandrum in Nov/2018.
The Pale-billed Flowerpecker or Tickell’s Flowerpecker (Scientific name: Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) is a tiny bird that feeds on nectar and berries, found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and western Myanmar. The bird is common especially in urban gardens with berry bearing trees. Clicked at Trivandrum in Dec/2015
Common Tailorbirds (Scientific name: Orthotomus sutorius) seem to have made a comeback to my backyard garden. I have been hearing their stereophonic notes recently and today I saw one of them on the okra plant. Interesting times ahead, I guess 🙂 Clicked at Trivandrum in August/2018.
A Laughing Dove (Scientific name: Spilopelia senegalensis) in the recreational area of my sister’s apartment block. The laughing dove is a small pigeon that is a resident breeder in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. This small long-tailed dove is found in dry scrub and semi-desert habitats where pairs can often be seen feeding on the ground.
Clicked at Muscat in Feb/2018.