Lone forager


A lone Red-wattled Lapwing (Scientific name: Vanellus indicus) was seen foraging in the wasteland in the residential colony. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.
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The black beauty


A Black Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus) makes a pretty picture as it keeps a sharp eye out for edibles flying around. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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The waiting


Red-rumped Swallow (Scientific name: Cecropis daurica) chicks waiting patiently for parents to come and feed them. I saw the parents making many feeding trips. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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Bird list (visit to Kalamassery)


These are the birds I saw in the few hours I was at Kalamassery. I heard a White-cheeked Barbet though I did not see it (which is why it is not in this list). It’s a pity I didn’t see any of them cute munias.

  1. Red-rumped Swallow
  2. Common Tailor Bird
  3. Green Bee-eater
  4. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  5. Oriental Magpie Robin
  6. Racket-tailed Drongo
  7. Black Drongo
  8. Woodpecker (couldn’t identify it as the light was poor)
  9. Pale-billed Flowerpecker
  10. White-breasted Waterhen
  11. White-throated Kingfisher
  12. Red-wattled Lapwing
  13. Cattle Egret
  14. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  15. Purple Sunbird
  16. Common Myna
  17. Jungle Crow
  18. House Crow
  19. Rock Pigeon

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo


Imagine my happiness when I saw a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus paradiseus) in flight. Of course, I stood there grinning and only thought of clicking once it had alighted on the a coconut tree in the vicinity. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

Bird list for April


From now on I am going to put a list on here every month, of the birds I have seen in and around my house. This is for the month of April.

  1. Purple-rumped Sunbird
  2. Common Tailorbird
  3. White-throated Kingfisher
  4. Greater Coucal
  5. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  6. White-cheeked Barbet
  7. Rufous Treepie
  8. Black Kite
  9. Brahminy Kite
  10. Indian Pond Heron
  11. Lesser Goldenback
  12. Asian Koel
  13. Cattle Egret
  14. Common Myna
  15. Jungle Crow
  16. House Crow
  17. Rock Pigeons

The number has come down drastically with so many trees having been cut and bushes uprooted. I hope the rains will bring around more of them.

Hard at work


Black-rumped Flameback or Lesser Goldenback (Scientific name: Dinopium benghalense) pecking at the coconut tree trunk. Clicked at Trivandrum in April/2017.

The solo player


The permanent resident hereabouts, that is apart from the crows, is the Rufous Treepie (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda). Sometimes it brings along a friend, otherwise it mostly makes a solo appearance. Clicked at Trivandrum in April/2017.

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The return of the songster


After a long time, a Red-whiskered Bulbul (Scientific name: Pycnonotus jocosus) condescended to grace the locality and sing for us. What with so many trees having been cut, and bushes cleared, most of them had disappeared to greener areas.  It was good to have one of them back! Clicked at Trivandrum in April/2017.

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The interrupted song


An Oriental Magpie Robin (Scientific name: Copsychus saularis) on the electric wire outside my window. The oriental magpie-robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered an Old World flycatcher.
Towards the end of the video you can hear the impatient dog barking. The frightened bird flies away. Recorded at Trivandrum in Aug/2014.

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