Day: January 23, 2014

Blue-winged or Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides)

The Blue-winged Parakeet, also known as the Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) is a species of parakeet endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India. Found in small flocks, they fly rapidly in forest clearings while making screeching calls that differ from those of other parakeet species within their distribution range. Their long blue tails tipped in yellow and the dark wings with blue contrast with the dull grey of their head and body. Adult males and females can be easily told apart from the colour of their beak. Wikipedia –

Imperial Pheasant (Lophura imperials)

The Imperial Pheasant, (Lophura imperials) is a dark blue medium-sized, up to 75 cm long, pheasant with bare red facial skin, blue crest, crimson legs and glossy plumage. Female is brown with erectile short feather crest, blackish tail and primaries. The Imperial Pheasant is found in the forests of Vietnam and Laos. Its appearance resembles another Vietnam’s enigmatic bird, the Vietnamese Pheasant, but is larger in size, has longer tail, all dark blue crest and tail feathers. The latter species has white crest and central tail feathers. Previously known only from a pair taken alive to Europe by Jean Théodore Delacour in 1923, this species was rediscovered in 1990, when an immature male was trapped by rattan collector. Another immature male was caught in February 2000. This rare bird was determined not to be a true species, but naturally occurring hybrids between the Edwards’s Pheasant and the subspecies annamensis of the Silver Pheasant (L. nycthemera). Wikipedia –

Tepui Whitestart (Myioborus castaneocapilla)

The Tepui Whitestart (Myioborus castaneocapilla), or, less accurately, the Tepui Redstart, is a species of bird in the Parulidae family. It is found in humid highland forest, woodland and scrub in the Tepuis in southern Venezuela, western Guyana and northern Brazil. It is sometimes included as a subspecies of the Brown-capped Whitestart. Wikipedia –

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

The Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America. The male Painted Bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America. Its colors, dark blue head, green back, red rump, and underparts, make it extremely easy to identify, but it can still be difficult to spot since it often skulks in foliage even when it is singing. The plumage of female and juvenile Painted Buntings is green and yellow-green, serving as camouflage. Once seen, the adult female is still distinctive, since it is one of the only truly green birds native to the United States. Adult Painted Buntings can measure 12–14 cm (4.7–5.5 in) in length, span 21–23 cm (8.3–9.1 in) across the wings and weigh 13–19 g (0.46–0.67 oz).

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

The Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a starling-sized passerine bird that breeds in the northern forests of Eurasia and North America. It has mainly buff-grey plumage, black face markings and a pointed crest. Its wings are patterned with white and bright yellow, and some feather tips have the red waxy appearance that give this species its English name. The three subspecies show only minor differences in appearance. Females are similar to males, although young birds are less well-marked and have few or no waxy wingtips. Although the Bohemian Waxwing’s range overlaps those of the Cedar and Japanese Waxwings, it is easily distinguished from them by size and plumage differences.

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, or Swainson’s Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii)

The Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, or Swainson’s Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) is a near-passerine bird which breeds from eastern Honduras to northern Colombia to western Ecuador. This subspecies is replaced from southern Colombia to eastern Peru by the nominate subspecies Black-mandibled Toucan, R. ambiguus ambiguus. The SACC and NACC of the AOU have recently indicated (in 2010) that these birds should be classified as conspecific. The scientific and alternative English names commemorate the English ornithologist and artist William Swainson.

Inca Tern (Larosterna inca)

The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna. This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet. The Inca Tern is a large tern, approximately 40 cm long. Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.

Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus)

The Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the Little Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 15–17 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike. Often silent, their call is a soft “seep.”