Spotted Owlet ( Athene brama )

Swarnava/ January 9, 2017/ Uncategorized

Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) Widely distributed in Southern Asia spanning from Iran to Vietnam, and Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, except for peninsular Thailand and Myanmar, the Spotted Owlet is a raptor i.e., a bird of prey. It is one of the most familiar owl species you would ever come across. In Bengali, this raptor is known as “Khurule Pecha” ( খুঁড়ুলে

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Common Tailor bird

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 8, 2017/ Uncategorized

Common Tailor bird ( Orthotomus sutorius ) The common tailorbird is a songbird found across tropical Asia. Popular for its nest made of leaves “sewn” together and immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his Jungle Book, it is a common resident in urban gardens. Although it is a shy bird that is usually hidden within vegetation, their loud calls are familiar

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Shikra

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 8, 2017/ Uncategorized

Shikra dietShikra( Accipiter badius ) Shikra, a small raptor belonging to the Accipitridae family is widely distributed in Africa, South China, and India. It is also referred to as the Little Banded Goshawk. In the local language of Bengal it is known as “Shikre Baj”. Where could you find the Shikra in Kolkata? During winter months the Shikra can be spotted

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Cinereous Tit

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 8, 2017/ Uncategorized

Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus) Belonging to the Tit family, the Cinereous Tit is a tiny bird of mostly black and white combination. In most parts of South Asia and Indian subcontinent it is visible.”Boro teet” is what it is referred to as in Bengali.     Where could you find the Cinereous Tit in Kolkata? During the winter season spanning

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Lesser goldenback Woodpecker

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 8, 2017/ Uncategorized

Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker (Dinopium benghalense) One of the few woodpeckers that are seen in the urban area is the Black-rumped Flameback or Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker or Lesser Goldenback. Widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent, it is known as the “sonali kaththokra” in the Bengali language. Where could you find the Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker in Kolkata? If you walk along the tree-lined areas of

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Small Kingfisher/Common Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis )

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 7, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) Belonging to the family Alcidinidae, the Common Kingfisher is the smallest of all. Commonly found in Europe and Asia, it is also referred to as Eurasian Kingfisher, River Kingfisher etc. In Bengali language, it is known as “Pati Machhranga” etc.   Where could you find the Common Kingfisher in Kolkata? You should not be mislead

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Alexandrine Parakeet

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 7, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) Named after Alexander the Great, the Alexandrine Parakeet or Alexandrine Parrot is a popular pet bird visible all over the Indian subcontinent. One of the largest species of Parakeets, the bird is playful, energetic and can become very good mimics. In the local language of Bengal it is named as “Chandana” Where could you photograph

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Oriental Honey Buzzard

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 7, 2017/ Uncategorized

Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) Widely distributed in Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Phillippines and Indonesia, the Oriental Honey Buzzard belongs to the family of Accipitridae.This species is also known as Crested Honey Buzzard. ”Moubaj” is what it is referred to as in Bengali.       Where could you find the Oriental Honey Buzzard in Kolkata? Due to increasing

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Coppersmith Barbet

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 6, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) The Coppersmith Barbet is a short, stocky bird, with a leaf-green body that allows it to remain well-camouflaged in the canopy. It is resident in India and other South Asian nations. It is commonly known as “Bosonto bauri” in Bengali. It was named as the official bird of Mumbai in 2011.   Where could you

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Black-eared Kite

Swarnava Nandi (writer)/ January 6, 2017/ Uncategorized

  Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus) The Black-eared Kite or the Large Indian Kite, a migratory bird is a sub species of the Black Kite. Mostly found in Central and East Asia, South to the Himalayas and North to the Indochina. Where could you find them in Kolkata? It visits the Indian subcontinent in the winters; you can spot them

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