22 November, 2013

2013 | 321 | 17Nov13 | Bannergattah | Shivanahalli

1. ID
02. Golden Fronted Leaf Bird

Golden-fronted Leafbird
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
01 Is a species of leafbird.
02 It is a common resident breeder in India, Sri Lanka, and parts of Southeast Asia.
03 Its habitat is forest and scrub.
04 It builds its nest in a tree, laying 2-3 eggs.
05 This species eats insects and berries.
06 The adult is green-bodied with a black face and throat bordered with yellow.
07 It has an orange forehead and blue moustachial line, but lacks the blue flight feathers and tail sides of Blue-winged Leafbird.
08 Young birds have a plain green head.
09 Has a narrower yellow border to black face.
10 The throat is black and it has a blue sub-moustachial stripe and duller orange forehead.

03. Crane Fly
04. Snail
05. Beetle
06.Ashy Wood Swallow
Audio Credit : Vir Joshi, Amreli, Gujarat, India

Ashy Woodswallow - சாம்பல் தகைவிலான்
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
01 Sometimes called the Ashy Swallow-shrike is a woodswallow which is found in south Asia.
02 Has a short curve bill and a short square tail and long wings.
03 Usually seen perched in groups, high on powerlines, tall bare trees and most often in areas with a predominance of tall palm trees.
04 In flight, the broad base to the wings gives it a very triangular outline
05 This stocky woodswallow has an ashy grey upperparts with a darker head and a narrow pale band on the rump.
06 The underside is pinkish grey and the short slaty black tail is tipped in white.
07 The finch-like bill is silvery.
08 The first primary is very short.
09 There are no geographic variations in plumage and no subspecies have been designated.
10 Males and females are indistinguishable in the field.
11 Young birds appear barred on the underside.
12 Habitat and distribution
13 Woodswallows are found in a range of habitats from the plains to about 2000 m, over cultivated areas, in forest clearings and often in areas with tall palm trees.
14 The species is widely distributed across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Malaysia and China.
15 Length 190 mm (7.5 in), Weight 37–42 g (1.3–1.5 oz)
16 Ashy Woodswallows are usually seen in small groups.
17 Several birds may sit huddled side-by-side.
18 Insects may be caught in the beak, transferred and held in their feet, torn up with their bill and swallowed without returning to the perch.
19 Known to visit bird baths.
20 Although mainly feeding on insects, they may take nectar from flowers
21 The breeding season is March to June.
22 The nest is a shallow cup placed at some height.
23 The clutch consists of 2–3 greenish white eggs with brown spots.
24 Both parents take part in nest building, incubation and feeding the young.
25 They will mob larger birds such as crows and birds of prey
26 The song consists of a varied combination of wheezy notes that may include imitations of the calls of other birds.
27 The usual call is shrill nasal chewk.
28 They make seasonal movements, possibly in response to rainfall.
07. Yellow Eyed Babler

Yellow-eyed Babbler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
01 Found in groups in open grass and scrub in south Asia.
02 Size is about 18 centimetres (7.1 in) long with a short bill and a long graduated tail.
03 The body above is brown and the wings are cinnamon coloured.
04 The lores and supercilium are white and the rim of the eye is orange-yellow in adult birds.
05 The beak is black.
06 The underside is whitish buff.
07 The central tail feathers are about twice as long as the outermost.
08 The sexes are similar.
09 Has yellow nostrils and is paler in plumage.
10 The usual habitat is grassy or thorny scrub both in dry and wet regions as well as farmland.
11 Found mainly on the plains but can be found in the lower hills
12 Length 140 mm (5.5 in), Weight 15–21 g (0.5–0.7 oz)
13 Usually seen in small groups of five to fifteen.
14 Usually found inside bushes.
15 Feed mainly on insects, berries as well as nectar.
16 When capturing insects, they may hold them down with their feet.
17 The group constantly produces a series of cheeping or churring calls.
18 During the breeding season, (June to August), the song is a strong whistling twee-twee-ta-whit-chu,
19 The colour of the inside of the mouth is said to turn from orange-brown to black during the breeding season.
20 They appear to nest cooperatively, the nest being a deep cone made with grass and lined with fine fibre.
21 The nest is wedged between upright stems, the vertical stems being incorporated into the wall of the nest.
22 The outside of the nest is well covered in cobwebs.
23 The usual clutch is four but varies from three to five.
24 The eggs are pinkish white with chestnut-red patches.
25 Both parents take part in incubation and feeding the young.
26 The eggs hatch after about 15–16 days and the young birds fledge after about 13 days.
27 Adult birds have been seen feigning injury presumably to detract predators.
28 Birds roost communally in the centre of a bush, all facing in the same direction and sitting side by side.
29 Members of a group will preen each other.

08. ID
09. Common Tree Frog

10. ID
11. Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) ventral - Bannergattah - Shivanahalli

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