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Mystery bird : Pheasant-tailed jacana, Hydrophasianus chirurgus also known as the water-pheasant

This lovely southeast Asian mystery bird is unique. It is the only member of its genus,  Jacanidae family of wading birds that are readily identifiable by their huge feet and claws that have adapted them well to walk on floating vegetation in shallow lakes, their preferred habitat. Even though the jacanids can swim, they prefer […]

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Indian Eagle Owl ~ Bubo bengalensis

Introduction Indian eagle owl, It is also known as the Rock Eagle Owl or the Bengal Eagle Owl, is a species of owl that is closely related to the European eagle owl (once classified as its subspecies). The Indian Eagle Owl is a fairly large owl with prominent brown ear-tufts. Dark and light morphs of […]

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Indian Cliff Swallow Colonial Nesting

Streak-throated Swallow Commonly known as Indian swallow, Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon Fluvicola. Introduction: The streak-throated swallow or the Indian cliff swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola) is a species of swallow found as Native (breeder, year-round resident or winter visitor) in South Asia in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Indian Cliff Swallow is a small swallow with glossy steel-blue colour. The […]

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Leafbirds – Golden-fronted leafbird

The Golden-fronted Leafbirds (Chloropsis aurifrons) are common resident breeder in India, Sri Lanka, and parts of Southeast Asia. They inhabit in deciduous monsoon forests and scrublands. Leafbirds were named for the fact that their mostly green and yellow plumages blend in well into their tropical habitat, where the green leaves and bright flowers of the canopy provide a […]

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Leafbirds in India Jerdon’s leaf bird

The leafbirds (Chloropseidae) are a family of small passerine bird species found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. As presently defined, the leafbird family is monogeneric, with all species placed in the genus Chloropsis. leafbirds are brightly plumaged, with the predominant green over the body giving rise to their common name. The family is mostly sexually dimorphic in their plumage, this can vary […]

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Yellow-wattled lapwing Vanellus malabaricus Endemic Bird Photos and notes.

The yellow-wattled lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus) belongs to the family of plovers, dotterels, and lapwings, Charadriidae. The yellow-wattled lapwing species are distributed in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These lapwing species are endemic to Indian subcontinent. These lapwings are monotypic species. Appearance, physical description and identification Appearance, physical description and identificationThe yellow-wattled lapwing (Vanellus […]

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Legendary stories associated with Ahalya and Anusuya

This is part 2 of another article check here – https://anukusumkadri.9sh.org/2020/06/30/suchindram-thanumalayan-temple/ There are many legends associated with this temple. Anasuya, the wife of Atri Maharishi was famous for her chastity and her devotion to her husband – an embodiment of a Hindu wife. She could perform miracles by sprinkling the ‘paatha theertham’ (water with which […]

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Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Amazing architecture, Intricate architecture in stones. On my yogic tour to Kanyakumari 2019, I made my visit to this historical temple in Tamil Nadu, south India. This place is a splendid example of architectural miracles, built in the 17th century, known for attracting various pilgrims from across the neighboring states. The legends of Anasuya and […]

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Indian paradise flycatcher -plumage polymorphism in male

Check out part-1 of this series –https://anukusumkadri.9sh.org/2020/06/20/amazing-birds-and-truly-amazing-facts-of-birds-indian-paradise-flycatcher/ Many species show polymorphisms, which are often sex-related. However, there are also polymorphisms within a sex — these may be related to age or may be stable throughout their life. Which one of these depends on the function of the polymorphism. Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi). Males of […]

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Amazing birds and truly amazing facts of Birds-Indian Paradise Flycatcher

Introduction of Indian Paradise Flycatcher The Indian Paradise Flycatchers (Scientific Name :Terpsiphone paradisi) They are found  naturally in Asia in extremely large range.Indian Paradise Flycatchers are a beautiful bird. Size of adult Indian Paradise Flycatchers are between 18 to 22 cm. The length of the tail (adult male) is between 20 to 24 cm, with two […]