Olive-backed pipit

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ March 15, 2017/ BENGAL BIRDS, Uncategorized

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) The Olive-backed Pipit is a small passerine bird of the Pipit family which breeds across South, Central and East Asia, as well as Northeast Russia. Sometimes it is also referred to as Indian Pipit as well as Tree Pipit owing to its resemblance with the Tree Pipit. However, its back is more olive-toned and less streaked

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Common moorhen

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ March 15, 2017/ BENGAL BIRDS, Uncategorized

  Common moorhen ( Gallinula crolopus )   The common moorhen  which is often also known the waterhen and as the swamp chicken is a bird species in the family Rallidae. It is distributed across many parts of the West and south Asia as well as West and South Africa .The common moorhen lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals and other

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Birds Of Central Park, Kolkata

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ March 15, 2017/ BENGAL BIRDS, Bird Photography, Birds in Kolkata, Uncategorized

Birds Of Central Park, Kolkata Tucked on the eastern fringes of the city of Kolkata, at the heart of Salt Lake, a park is built around expansive waterbody known to people as Central Park, also referred to as Banabitan locally, offers more than 90 species of birds including resident and migratory birds. There are also quite a few mammals, frogs

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Lesser short-nosed fruit bat – Creatures of the nocturnal world

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 17, 2017/ Indian bats, Mammals, Mammals in Bengal, Mammals of india

Lesser short-nosed fruit bat : Bats are one of the most astounding creatures I have ever encountered in my life, When I was young, I only thought of discounting them, obviously they are no handsome creatures to look at. But when I started taking wildlife photography a bit more seriously, I figured out that these creatures of the nocturnal world are

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Verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus) Verditer Flycatcher, an Asian Flycatcher, also known as the Indian Verditer Flycatcher, is a member of the Old World Flycatcher family; Muscicapidae.It is named after its distinctive shade of copper-sulphate blue. This species can be found throughout Southeast Asia, from the lower parts of the Himalayas to southern China, India, and Indonesia. In Bengali, it

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White-breasted Waterhen( Amaurornis phoenicurus )

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) The White-breasted Waterhen is a waterbird of the rail and crake family which is widely distributed in Southeast Asia including the Indian subcontinent. In the local language of Bengal it is referred to as “Dahuk”.   Where could you spot the White-breasted Waterhen in Kolkata? The White-breasted Waterhen mostly prefers to stay near open marshes, ponds.

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White Breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

    White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) Mainly found in Asia, the White-breasted Kingfisher is a tree Kingfisher. It is also referred to as White-throated Kingfisher, and Smyrna Kingfisher. ”Sadabuk machhranga” is what it is known as in Bengali. Where could you spot the White-throated Kingfisher in Kolkata? The White-breasted Kingfisher could be spotted at many of the birding locations especially

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Purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

Purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)   The purple-rumped sunbird is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes take insects, particularly when feeding young. They can hover for short durations but usually perch to suck nectar from flowers. They build a hanging pouch nest made up of cobwebs,

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Lineated barbet

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata) The Lineated Barbet can be found along the southern foothills of the Himalayas and also in parts of Bangladesh and West Bengal.In the local language of Bengal it is known as “Sobuj Bosonto Bauri”.   Where could you spot the Lineated Barbet in Kolkata? The Lineated Barbet is a migratory bird; hence it can only

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Little cormorant

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) The Little Cormorant species is widely distributed across the South Asian countries namely India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. It is a member of the family of seabirds.”Pankouri” is what it is referred to as in Bengali. Where could you spot the Little Cormorant in Kolkata? Little Cormorant spends most of their time fishing underwater; hence

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