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Brown Crake

  A round, softly-colored inhabitant of rice fields, wet shrubby areas, and reedbeds. Despite its use of sheltered habitats, this is one of the bolder rails, and can be seen wandering in the open. The upperparts are brown and the face, breast, and belly are gray. Yellow-based bill is also often surprisingly visible even when hidden in vegetation. Constantly cocks tail upwards and downwards as it forages. ( source ; Previous                                                                                                                                    Next

Striated Laughingthrush

  With its short bill and loose, bushy crest, this laughingthrush resembles a dark, rather unmarked barwing. Brown overall with pencil-thin white lines all over the body. Crest is dark brown, and wings are dull rufous. Inhabits forests and adjoining areas with dense undergrowth in the Himalayan foothills. Like many other laughingthrushes, highly social and often found in flocks, which keep in contact with calls ranging from harsh screeches to hooting. Often gives a series of repeated loud, upslurred notes. Previous                                                                                                                                     Next

Orange-bellied Leafbird

  The only leafbird within its range with an orange belly. Male is unmistakable with a blue-and-black face pattern, a solid orange belly, and green-and-blue wings. Female is green all over with blue cheeks and less extensive orange on the belly. The female can be confused with female Blue-winged Leafbird, but Orange-bellied has an orange belly and more blue on the face than Blue-winged Leafbird. Often moves about quietly in the upper layers of hilly and montane forests, gleaning insects from branches and foraging at fruiting and flowering trees. Frequently incorporates the songs and calls of other species into its vocalizations. ( source : Previous                                                                                                                                     Next

Lesser Yellownape -Female

  Medium-sized woodpecker with a colorful crest. Coloration varies considerably based on range, but always look for a bright yellow hindcrest, overall greenish coloration, and white-barred chest. Greater Yellownape is significantly larger with an all-gray belly. Forages along trunks, branches, and on the ground in forested lowlands and foothills; sometimes accompanies mixed-species foraging flocks. Listen for its oddly raptor-like “pyeeeah.” ( source : ) Previous                                                                                                                                    Next