Olive-backed pipit

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 […]

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Verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)

  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, […]

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White Breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

    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 […]

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Purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

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 […]

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Spotted Owlet ( Athene brama )

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 […]

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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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