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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

steppe eagle in nepal

The steppe eagle is a large carnivore bird living in grassland areas like vast,steppe etc. These eagle have brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. Female eagles of this family is bigger than the male ones. A interesting fact of this eagle family, they have a part called crop in its throat allowing it to store food for several hours before being moved to the stomach. They build their nest of twigs, old rags, long dry grasses etc high above the ground like on top of trees, bushes. These birds feed on corps of dead animals and also prey small mammals like rabbits, hares, moles, rodents etc. During breeding season female eagle lays 1-3 eggs in a clutch. These birds are spotted in Lumbini and other places of Nepal. These birds have lifespan up to 41 years.
Common Name: Steppe Eagle, gomayu mahaachil,गोमायु महाचिल
Scientific Name: Aquila nipalensis
Weight: 2.3–4.9 kgs
Color: brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail
Length: 62–81 cms
Image Source : http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-steppe-eagle.html

Sunday, November 24, 2013

rose-ringed parakeet in nepal

Description:
Rose-ringed parakeets (parrots) are exotic birds commonly seen in cages or freely on neighborhood as pet. These medium sized species of parrot are herbivores and found across different part of world such as Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Israel, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, India, Tehran, Iran, US etc. These birds are typically of green color and male ones are distinguished by a colored collar or ring around the neck or a stripe across the chin. They feed on berries, nuts, seeds, fruits, flowers, buds, vegetables, cereal grains, corn, vegetables etc. Though kept as pet, they are found in wild in places like woodland, farmland, forests. These birds are expected to have life span of 25 to 30 years. Female parrots lays eggs of about 3-4 in a clutch when they start pairing from September to December. They are seen in Kathmandu, Chitwan of Nepal.
Common Name:Rose-Ringed Parakeet, Kanthe Suga, Suga
Scientific Name: Psittacula krameri
Weight: 116-140grams
Color: green color, colored collar or ring, stripe across the chin
Length: 40 cms
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

great tit in nepal

Description:
Great tit are small birds with white head, black cap, white cheeks, grey blue legs, black bill and yellow breast with black stripe on the belly. The black stripe is narrower in case of female tit and the feathers of male is brighter else they both look similar. These birds nest in holes of tree or wall made up of twigs, stems, leaves, grass etc in a cup shape. They also live in manmade nest boxes of woodland, parks, farmland, gardens and towns. These sparrow sized birds feed on worms, seeds, cockroaches, grasshoppers, crickets, bugs, flies, beetles, bees, wasps, snails, woodlice, caterpillars, spiders etc. during breeding season female birds lays 7-9 eggs in a clutch. These birds have lifespan of around 3 years. They are seen in Bardia of Nepal.
Common Name:great tit, khaire chichilkote, खैरे चिचिल्कोटे
Scientific Name: Parus major
Weight: 16-21 grams
Color: white head, black cap, white cheeks, grey-blue legs, black bill and yellow breast with black stripe on the belly
Length: 14 cms
Img src: http://econstudentlog.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/greattit002.jpg

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

osprey in nepal

Description:
Ospreys are large hawks living near by the sources of water like rivers, ponds, reservoirs, in nests made up of sticks, branches and grasses on poles, trees. Ospreys have brown on upper parts of body, white belly with dark patch at wrists, yellow eyes, dark bill and white feet, and long legs. Beside female ospreys are slightly larger than males and have darker patches on neck, both gender of this bird look similar. Live fish are their prime food but they also prey birds, snakes, squirrels, small alligators. Ospreys hover over water and dives into it with feet first to grab a fish and fly back to their nest. Ospreys have interesting fact about their toe which can be faced forward or backward which helps them to turn the fish to face forward while transporting it to their nest. Another interesting thing is to see, osprey shaking off water after a dive, when it comes out of water they flap their wings faster to dry off. Their breeding begins in April or May when female bird lays 2-4 eggs in a clutch. Ospreys can live for 15 to 20 years. They are seen in Karnali River of Nepal.
Common Name:osprey, Malaaha chil, मलाहा चिल
Scientific Name: Pandion haliaetus
Weight: 1814 grams
Color: brown on upper parts of body, white belly with dark patch at wrists, yellow eyes, dark bill and white feet, and long legs
Length: 53-61 cms
Img src: http://www.kevinkarlsonphotography.com/gallery/d/3245-1/Osprey+male+_L__+female_+NJ_+July.jpg

Monday, January 21, 2013

purple heron in nepal

Description:
The Purple Heron is a large migratory bird found across Europe, Southern Asia and Africa. They have purple brown feathers, grey wings, reddish brown breast, yellow bill, black belly, yellow eyes also a black forehead and crown. They have long neck which forms like S shape during flight. These birds build their nest with sticks, twigs and reeds in bushes and trees up to 25 meters from the ground nearby lakes, rivers. Purple herons eat mostly fish, amphibians, small birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, invertebrates which they prey mostly in night to early morning. During breeding season the purple herons usually lay 4-5 eggs in a clutch. Their breeding season falls from April to May. They can live for around 20 years. They are seen in Chitwan of Nepal.
Common Name:purple heron , Dhyani Bakulla, ध्यानी बकुल्ला
Scientific Name: Ardea purpurea
Weight: 525-1345 grams
Color: purple brown feathers, grey wings, reddish brown breast, yellow bill, black belly, yellow eyes, black forehead and crown
Length: 78-90 cms
Img src: http://avis.indianbiodiversity.org/images/albums/Ciconiiformes/Ardeidae/Ardea_purpurea/Ardea_purpurea_580150603.jpg

Sunday, January 20, 2013

spotted dove in nepal

Description:
Spotted Doves are the most common dove seen in open areas and are similar to common pigeons. Both genders of this birds look similar. These birds have black bill, red feet, brown upper parts and black patch with fine white spots around neck. Spotted doves lives in gardens, parks, cultivated areas, agricultural land where they feed on insects,corn, wheat, fruits and seeds. They usually build nests at about 3 meters or higher from ground on small trees branches or bushes with twigs, grasses and roots. These birds display their passion to attract opposite sex by moving their throats and bowing. Female dove lays 1-2 white eggs which are incubated by parents. During breeding season which falls on summer, special glands present in the crops of both males and females produce milky substance for its offspring. They live for around 5-9 years. They are seen in Kathmandu of Nepal.
Common Name:spotted dove, कुर्ले ढुकुर,Kurle dhukur
Scientific Name: Spilopelia chinensis
Weight: 160 grams
Color: black bill, red feet, brown upper parts and black patch with fine white spots around neck
Length: 30 cms
Img src: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/files/pictures/_20100406_20.jpg

Friday, January 18, 2013

asian openbill in nepal

Description:
The Asian Openbill or Asian Openbill Stork are carnivorous large waders living nearby swamps,freshwater, fields, wetlands, rivers, flooded areas living in huge group. These long legged birds have grey feather which turns into white during breding season which occurs July to September. Their breeding season varies from one place to other. They have black feathers on head and tail parts and brown eyes. Both genders of this birds look similar although males can be slightly larger. These birds feed on water snakes, frogs, large insects, freshwater snails, Apple Snails, rice-fields and marshes in freshwater. Female bird lays 2 to 4 white eggs in a clutch during breeding season.They build their nest on trees wtih barks, sticks, leaves. They are seen in Chitwan of Nepal.
Common Name:asian openbill, ghugifor garud, घुँगिफोर गरुड
Scientific Name: Anastomus oscitans
Weight: 2.3 – 4.4 kgs
Color: grey feather, black feathers on head and tail parts and brown eyes
Length: 68cms
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