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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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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Lineated barbet

  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 […]

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Little cormorant

  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 […]

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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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Common Tailor bird

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, […]

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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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