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Unmistakable, but difficult to spot on rock faces. Spectacular in flight, with broad black, pink, and white-spotted wings resembling a giant butterfly. Usually found on rock faces in high mountainous regions, but also breeds in steep gorges lower down and can even be found on tall buildings in winter. Breeding male has a black throat; winter males and all females have white throats. ( Source : ebird.or g)  Previous                                                                                                                                          Next

Bridled Tern

 When we moved to Valsad from Patan, lockdown due to Covid-19 was already imposed by the government of India. During the lockdown we were not able to go outside, so we enjoyed window birding from our residence. When the Government of India started unlocking, we started birding at local places. At Patan we heard about Dharasana Wetland. Dharasana is very near to our home so we went for birding there whenever we have time. There are countless Zinga-farms (Prawn farming) situated around Dharasana. During monsoon these farms are not doing Zinga-farming. When farms are inactive, lots of birds like Terns attracted here for fishing. One lucky day we got our biggest lifer - Bridle Tern at such a farm. On that day we observed many Tern flying over the one of the inactive Zinga-farm. Generally River Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern are seen in our area, but one Tern among these flying birds looks different in colour – dark upper part and dark wings. When we notice a difference, we focus our

Snow Pigeon

  Often seen swirling around rock faces and cliffs in high mountain passes, this highland pigeon usually occurs in pairs or medium-sized flocks. Unlike any other pigeon, with a dark gray head, white neck and underparts, and gray wings with broad brown bars towards the tip. Occasionally visits villages and fields, but skittish and generally less approachable than Hill Pigeon and Rock Pigeon. ( Source:

Great Barbet

  This largest of the barbets is colorful, but often appears all-dark from a distance. No other barbet in its range combines the features of a massive pale bill, black head, and dark olive back. Sluggish and shy; tends to stick to dense forest canopy, where it is difficult to see. Its loud hooting song (typically a series of two repetitive notes) is often the only indication of this species’s presence. Also gives a harsh, screaming “karrrrr” that has a gull-like quality. ( Source : ebird.prg)

Red-headed Bullfinch

Stunning masked finch of montane and foothill forests. Males have a bright orange head and breast; females have a light yellowish wash to the back of the head and neck. Both sexes have soft gray backs and black wing panels. Forages in small to medium-sized flocks in low vegetation on or near the ground; sluggish, often clambering about in shrubbery. Listen for soft tooting vocalizations. ( Source :

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler

An adaptable mid-sized scimitar-babbler found in a range of different habitats, including forests, scrubland, and parks. A bright banana-yellow bill, rusty neck patch, and warm brown wings and tail contrast sharply with a thick inky-black stripe through the eye and bright white brow and throat. Typically travels in flocks, giving loud hoots and slurred call notes while rustling about at mid and lower levels. ( Source :

Golden Bush-Robin

  Shining and distinctively yellow robin of the montane forest understory. Male sports a blazing golden brow, yellow underparts, and a black face. Female is less contrastingly patterned, but still noticeably yellow, with browner underparts and a white eyering. Both sexes have a yellow panel on either side of the tail. Song is composed of rolling, buzzing notes; it is not as melodic as those of some other bush-robins. ( Source :