Tag: Birds

A rare sighting…
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A rare sighting…

July 3, 2019

Oriental White Eye (Zosterops Palpebrosus) is a tiny greenish yellow bird with a prominent white ring around its eye, thus gaining its name. These are generally seen in a flock of five or more birds actively hunting for tiny insects on the shrubs, bushes and foliage of trees. They subsist largely on flower nectar and…

‘The King of Kings’
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‘The King of Kings’

February 6, 2019

The Pied Kingfisher – Ceryle rudis, as it is called in Ornithology, is a Real King of all the Kingfishers. As the name suggests, Kingfishers are masters at hunting fish. There are in all about 90 species of Kingfishers, out of which 12 are found in India and 8 are found in South India and…

The Wedding Gown!
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The Wedding Gown!

January 30, 2019

This is an Intermediate Egret – Mesophoyx intermedia, a member of the Ardeidae family of Egrets. The bird is in breeding plumage, with flowing Mantle Plumes. The Feathery Plumes give it the name Egret — “Aigrettes” meaning flowing soft feathers in French and Old English. These birds were hunted down in this plumage, to get…

Hornbill: The dutiful father and husband
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Hornbill: The dutiful father and husband

January 23, 2019

These are Malabar Pied Hornbills – Anthracoceros coronatus — One of the ten Horn-bill species of the country, captured at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, a birdwatchers paradise in Uttara Kannada district, by one of SOM readers Naveen Raja from Vidyashankar Nagar, Mysuru. Large birds with disproportionately large beaks with a Cascade over the beak, hence the…

IT’S MINE…
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IT’S MINE…

December 12, 2018

A pair of Red Avadavat, also known as Red Munia or Strawberry Finch (Amandava Amandava), seen fighting for a feather. This moment was captured by city lensman G.S. Ravishankar near the Outer Ring Road in Mysuru.

The story of Dumb Cuckoos, Smart Crows
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The story of Dumb Cuckoos, Smart Crows

December 1, 2018

By Ragoo Rao, Ethologist Bird-brained. Calling someone bird-brained is an insult as it refers to the person as a dunce or a dimwit. The size of the brain of birds is likened to the brains of a dimwit. This might have been true until now as we were ignorant of the capabilities of small-brained birds….

Backyard Birds
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Backyard Birds

June 30, 2018

By Ragoo Rao, Ethologist The Purple Swamp Hen is a large water hen with a distinctive heavy red bill and forehead shield. It has red eyes and a deep blue head and breast with black upper parts and wings. In bright sunlight the plumage shines with an intense blue sheen. These birds use a variety…

Marvellous Birds…
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Marvellous Birds…

December 6, 2017

Pelicans are large squat birds of the water bodies. Of the three Species of Pelicans in the Indian Region, the Great White Pelican – Pelicanus onocotalus; The Dalmatian Pelican – Pelicanus crispus, and the third Spot-billed Pelican – Pelicanus philippensis, the third Spot-billed Pelican – Pelicanus philippensis, is the most widespread resident bird. It is…

The Sparrows didn’t go…  …We drove them away !
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The Sparrows didn’t go… …We drove them away !

May 23, 2017

By Ragoo Rao The humble and adorable little birds, chirping and flitting around in our compounds and  courtyards, the House Sparrow is a confirmed hanger on to man ever since humans started depending on agriculture and created settlements. These birds have even been mentioned in most of our mythologies and folklores, along with the common…

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