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.
The Little Cormorant (Scientific name: Microcarbo niger) forages singly or sometimes in loose groups in lowland freshwater bodies, including small ponds, large lakes, streams and sometimes coastal estuaries. Clicked at Rabindra Sarovar, Kolkata in Jan/2018.
The Eurasian Hoopoe (Scientific name: Upupa epops) is the most widespread species of the genus Upupa, native to Europe, Asia and the northern half of Africa. They are colorful birds, notable for their distinctive “crown” of feathers. Their name comes from the onomatopoeic sound produced by the bird: oop-oop-oop.
Clicked at Qurum Park, Muscat, in Feb/2018.
The Steller’s Jay (Scientific name: Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay native to western North America. It is closely related to the Blue Jay found in the eastern part of the American continent. Stellar’s Jay is a large songbird with large head, chunky body, rounded wings, and a long, full tail. The bill is long, straight, and powerful, with a slight hook. It has a prominent triangular crest that often stands nearly straight up from their head. Clicked at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California in June/2013.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think this here is an Arabian Babbler (Scientific name: Turdoides squamiceps). The Arabian Babbler is a passerine bird belonging to the genus Turdoides. It is a communally nesting resident bird of arid scrub in the Middle East which lives together in relatively stable groups with strict orders of rank. Clicked at Sohar, Oman, in Feb/2018.
An Asian Koel (Scientific name: Eudynamys scolopaceus) being the perfect branch manager 😉 The Asian Koel is a bird of light woodland and cultivation. It is a mainly resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to southern China and the Greater Sundas.
Clicked at the Udaan Biodiversity Park at Pune in April/2018.
A Common Myna (Scientific name: Acridotheres tristis) which has made its home in a hole in the coconut tree trunk. Mynas are omnivorous open woodland birds with a strong territorial instinct, and haves adapted extremely well to urban environments. Clicked at Trivandrum in April/2018.
The rains are here and they are back, the Purple-rumped Sunbirds (Scientific name: Leptocoma zeylonica). Here is the male jumping from branch to branch, sipping honey from the lantana blooms. Clicked at Trivandrum in June/2018.
Black-tailed Godwits (Scientific name: Limosa limosa) at a lake one morning. This bird is in the IUCN Red List. Conservation status: Near Threatened (Population decreasing). These were clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.