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Scarlet Finch

  The brilliantly red male is fittingly named and unmistakable. The female and juvenile are duller, but still recognizable with overall greenish-yellow tones, a yellow rump, and a thick pinkish bill. Rosefinches are similarly colored overall, but they have a smaller bill, a longer tail, and are more extensively streaked. Inhabits montane and hilly forests, where it usually moves around in small flocks, frequently perching on exposed branches and snags. Can be very sluggish and inactive. Gives rich slurred notes. ( Source : Male Male Male 1st winter male 1st winter male 1st winter male 1st winter male Female

Whistler's Warbler Phylloscopus whistleri

One of a confusingly similar complex of species, this medium-sized warbler has a bright yellow eye-ring, a pale and indistinct wingbar, and a grayish crown bordered by two long black stripes. The weakness and greenish cast of the gray crown separates this species from various other “golden-spectacled”-type warblers, such as Gray-crowned. Golden-spectacled Warbler is very similar; in Whistler’s, look out for an unbroken eye-ring, a shorter bill, a longer tail, and slightly duller green upperparts. Whistler’s breeds in high-altitude temperate broadleaf forest from around 2000 meters up to the treeline; averages higher in altitudinal breeding preferences than Golden-spectacled Warbler. Like other “golden-spectacled”-type warblers, Whistler’s typically forages at lower and middle levels of forest, often mixing with other species and making flycatching sallies. Song consists of a 2- or 3-noted whistled phrase repeated 2-3 times without pause, lacking the trills of Golden-spectacled Warbler.

Black-chinned Babbler

Small buffy babbler with a black throat and lores. Social, often occurring in flocks with other species. Forages close to or on the ground in open forest, shrubby edge, and overgrown gardens and orchards. Song is a monotone or slightly ascending series of piping whistles. Calls include a sped-up version of the song and harsh churring. ( Source:

Grey-hooded Warbler

  Delicately beautiful small warbler with a greenish back, lemon-yellow underparts, a cinder-gray head, and bright white eyebrow stripes. Somewhat similar to Yellow-bellied Warbler, but note yellow instead of white throat. Forages actively in the upper levels of broadleaf and mixed montane forest, often in open patches. Sometimes descends to lower elevations in the non-breeding season, often turning up in foothill forest edges and gardens. Song is a high-pitched “tchi-tchi-cheeseewee-cheeseewee.” Calls are high, thin double notes.  ( Source:

Little Forktail

A stout little sprite of rushing streams, the smallest of the forktails and the only one lacking a long tail. Adult black with a white forecrown, belly, rump, and wing patches. Juvenile similar but grayer overall and lacks white crown. Approachable and active, though surprisingly easy to lose among the shadows and spray of its preferred habitat. ( Source:  

Eurasian Wren (Winter Wren)

  Common but visually inconspicuous in wooded habitats with dense understory, gardens, hedges in farmland, heathland, coastal cliffs. Often sings from a fairly exposed perch, but at other times rather mouselike, creeping in brambles and understory. Identified fairly easily by tiny size, overall brown plumage, and habit of holding tail cocked. Heard much more than seen: song is loud and ebullient, a varied series of trills and ringing warbles, repeated. ( Source: Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Chopta, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India 11 February 2020

Plain Mountain-Finch

A fittingly-named brown finch of highland mountain passes, meadows, and rural villages. Drab brown overall with some contrasting brown, black, and white streaking on the back. Pale gray-brown head distinguishes it from Black-headed Mountain-Finch. During the nonbreeding months gathers in immense swirling flocks of up to several hundred birds. ( Source:

Coal Tit

  Small, active tit. Combination of large black bib, white wingbars, and broad white stripe on nape distinctive. Dazzling geographic variation: Himalayan and Chinese birds have a small, spiffy crest; north African birds have stained yellow cheeks; European and Siberian birds dullest overall, crestless and with buffy flanks. Fairly common to common in coniferous and mixed woodland, forest, parks, gardens; visits bird feeders. Associated with foothills and montane areas throughout much of its eastern range. Often joins mixed-species flocks in autumn and winter, moving quickly through the foliage. Compare with slightly larger and chunkier Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, which have bigger white cheek patches, drabber overall plumage, and different voices. ( Source : )

Himalayan Monal

  Decked out in all the colors of the rainbow, the male is the image of iridescence; green crested head, red neck, green shoulders, blue back, orange tail, and black underparts. When displaying or flushed, flashes a bright white patch on the back. Female is nowhere near as brightly-colored, with a pale blue eye patch, white throat, and streaky brown body. Found in Himalayan hill forest, typically in areas with extensive rhododendron and bamboo-dominated understory. ( Source: