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Birds

Purple Sunbird ( Cinnyris asiaticus )

The Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below.

Purple Sunbird ( Cinnyris asiaticus ), Sariska, Rajasthan

Darter / Snake Bird At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Darters, also known as Snake Birds are fairly common around water bodies in India. The name Snake Bird comes from its long snake like neck, not because it feasts on snakes.

Saw this beautiful bird while boating at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady.

Darter / Snake Bird At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Red Vented Bulbul

The Red-vented Bulbul is easily identified by its short crest giving the head a squarish appearance. The body is dark brown with a scaly pattern while the head is darker or black. The rump is white while the vent is red. The black tail is tipped in white. The Himalayan races have a more prominent crest and are more streaked on the underside.

Red Vented Bulbul, Sariska, Rajasthan

Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Saw this beautiful Magpie Robin during our recent trip to Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady. Do not confuse it with Pied Bushchat, though some species of Pied Bushchat do look very similar.

Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady by Pranav Bhasin

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)  At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) / Great Black Cormorant / Black Shag At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Cormorants At Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher by Pranav Bhasin

When the winter in Gurgaon was fading, I found this Kingfisher neatly tucked up inside a tree around our apartment.

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher by Pranav Bhasin

As I moved to the other side to capture the Kingfisher, the Kingfisher turned its head to one side intently staring at something. I was not quite sure what it was.

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher by Pranav Bhasin

And then, I saw a squirrel crawl on the branch where the Kingfisher was seated, one step at a time. Both the Squirrel and the Kingfisher were fearless, but finally the Squirrel won and Kingfisher flew off the branch.

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the White-breasted Kingfisher or Smyrna Kingfisher, Gurgaon

Red Vented Bulbul by Pranav Bhasin

Until I started birding, I never saw them even once. Now that I am, they seem to be all around the place :).

Notice the red color under its tail – that is where Red Vented Bulbul gets its name.

Red Vented Bulbul, Gurgaon

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