American Robin


American Robin (Scientific name: Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, says Wiki on this bird. Its diet generally consists of around 40 percent small invertebrates (mainly insects), such as earthworms, beetle grubs, caterpillars and grasshoppers, and 60 percent wild and cultivated fruits and berries. Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.

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Still here


The Rufous Treepie (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda), the only one who still seems to be around, and made an appearance outside my balcony today. Clicked at Trivandrum in Oct/2017.

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Great Stone-curlew


The Great Stone-curlew or Great Thick-knee (Scientific name: Esacus recurvirostris) is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh into South-east Asia. This species prefers gravel banks along rivers or large lakes, and also beaches. It is mainly nocturnal like other stone-curlews, but can frequently be seen foraging during the day, moving slowly and deliberately, with occasional short runs, says Wiki.

Clicked at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Oct/2015.

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Up in the sky


The Black-headed Ibis (Scientific name: Threskiornis melanocephalus) aka Oriental White Ibis that we saw flying up in the sky just as we were walking towards the car park. Clicked at Ranganathittu in October/2015.

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Looking up


House Sparrows (Scientific name: Passer domesticus) tend to be small, plump, brown or grey birds with short tails and short powerful beaks. Sparrows are seed eaters, but they also consume small insects. There are 35 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Mauritius. (Wiki– List of birds of Mautirius)

Clicked at Ile aux Cerfs in Mauritius in Aug/2017.

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Success


Forster’s Tern (Scientific name: Sterna forsteri) flying off with catch after successful dive. Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.

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Sterna forsteri

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Sterna forsteri

Snowy Egret


Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret (Scientific name: Egretta thula) sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. While Snowy Egrets may employ a sit-and-wait technique to capture their food, sometimes they are much more animated, running back and forth through the water with their wings spread, chasing their prey. (click for more…)

Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.

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Up and away


The Brewer’s Blackbird (Scientific name: Euphagus cyanocephalus) is a medium-sized New World blackbird named after the ornithologist Thomas Mayo Brewer. The male Brewer’s Blackbird is a glossy, almost liquid combination of black, midnight blue, and metallic green. Females are a staid brown, without the male’s bright eye.
Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.

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Euphagus cyanocephalus

In search of water


The Lesser Goldfinch (Scientific name: Spinus psaltria) is a very small songbird of the Americas. This petite species is not only the smallest North American Spinus finch, it may be the smallest true finch in the world, says Wiki.
This bird was looking for some water to drink. Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.

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Spinus psaltria

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Spinus psaltria

The bird spy


Eyeing the paparazzi from behind the foliage is a Yellow-fronted Canary (Scientific name: Serinus mozambicus). Also called Yellow-eyed Canary, it is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is known elsewhere and in aviculture as the Green Singing Finch. Clicked at Bel Ombre, Mauritius in Aug/2017.

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