Shikra

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 […]

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Cinereous Tit

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? […]

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Lesser goldenback Woodpecker

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 […]

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Alexandrine Parakeet

  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 […]

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Oriental Honey Buzzard

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 […]

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Coppersmith Barbet

  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 […]

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Black-eared Kite

  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 […]

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Rose-ringed Prakeet

  Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) One of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats is the Rose-ringed Parakeet. It is widely distributed in the European cities, South Africa and Asia. In the local language of Bengal it is called as “Shobuj Tia”. Where could you find them in Kolkata? […]

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Green Bee-eater

  Green Bee-Eater (Merops oriental) A bird fast enough to drop to the ground to capture bees, insects in flight is the Green Bee-Eater. Mostly found in the grasslands of Africa, Asia they tend to stay away from water bodies. ”Shuichora” or “banshpati” is what they are referred to as in Bengali.   Green Bee-eater […]

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