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Brahminy Kite – Juvenile

Aug 05 2012

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) The Brahminy Kite (also known as Red-backed Sea-Eagle) is found along water bodies and coasts of peninsular India, South-east Asia and Australia. A medium-sized raptor, this bird is distinguished by its characteristic chestnut-brown plumage contrasted by white head and breast. The juvenile can be confused with a Black Kite due to very similar size and coloration. Two distinguishing characteristics – rounded tail (lack of forked tail) and a large white patch on the underwing – help differentiate in the field. This bird was photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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Pied Kingfisher

Aug 05 2012

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) This is a widespread kingfisher across Asia and Africa, estimated to be the third most common kingfisher in the world (Source: Wikipedia). Distinguished by its black-and-white plumage, this kingfisher hunts by hovering over water or waiting on a overhanging branch looking for prey in the water. Once the prey is spotted, the bird dives into the water to hunt it. This bird was photographed in Ranganathittu (near Mysore, India) on Aug 14, 2010.

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Common Kestrel

Aug 05 2012

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a small falcon, with resident and migratory populations to India. This bird is very characteristic in its hunting behavior – when a kestrel spots its prey, it hovers at the same spot zeroing in on the location of its prey. It may descend to get a closer look, hovering again, before it goes for the final attack. The bird can see in the ultraviolet zone of light, thereby allowing it to spot urine trails of rodents. This wintering bird was photographed at Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Oct 16, 2010.

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in […]

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