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Woolly-necked Stork
2006-08-26 19:23:58

The Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa, and also in Asia from India to Indonesia. It is a resident breeder in wetlands and trees. It is a large bird, typically 33.5 inches tall. It is all black except for the woolly white neck and white lower belly. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly...

Asian Openbill Stork
2006-08-21 10:34:46

The Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae and a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Southeast Asia. This stork is a broad-winged soaring bird and relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained flight. Like all storks, its neck is outstretched during flight. It is relatively small for...

Painted Stork
2006-08-21 10:29:03

The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This tropical species breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia and is a resident breeder in lowland wetlands with trees where it builds its stick nest. Typical clutch size is 2-5 eggs. The Painted Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird that flies with its neck outstretched....

Brown Wood Owl
2006-08-17 16:21:46

The Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. It is a scarce resident of dense forests. It is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. The Brown Wood Owl is a medium large owl at 17.5 to 22.5 inches high. The upper parts are uniformly dark brown with faint white spotting...

Collared Scops Owl
2006-08-17 15:55:00

The Collared Scops Owl (Otus backgammon) is a resident breeding owl of eastern Arabia through most of India, except far north, and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. This species is part of the larger grouping of typical owls known as Strigidae, which are the most common species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls known as Tytonidae. The Collared Scops Owl is commonly found in forests and...

White-winged Tit
2006-08-14 10:47:11

The White-winged Tit (Parus nuchalis) also known as the White-naped Tit, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. The species is distributed in scrub forest in the Kutch region of Gujarat in western India and also in small areas in southern India, especially in the Kaveri river valley. It uses old woodpeckers nest holes for nesting. The populations of the White-winged Tit rapidly...

Red-rumped Swallow
2006-07-30 13:27:02

The Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica, or Hirundo daurica) is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in open hilly country of temperate southern Europe and Asia from Portugal and Spain to Japan, India and tropical Africa. The Indian and African birds are resident, but European and other Asian birds are migratory. They winter in Africa or India. Red-rumped Swallows are...

White-bellied Woodpecker
2006-06-30 14:32:33

The White-bellied Woodpecker, (Dryocopus javensis), or Great Black Woodpecker is found in evergreen forests in southwestern and central India and in forests in the Western Ghats. They are the largest of the Indian Woodpeckers and nest in large dead trees, often beside rivers. The call of this species is a loud 'Kyaaw' and like other woodpeckers it drums on wood but sounds much louder...

Bay-backed Shrike
2006-03-23 11:12:31

The Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) is a member of the bird family Laniidae. This widespread resident breeder is found mainly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, but has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. It constructs its nest in bushes in scrubby areas and cultivation, laying 3-5 eggs. This small shrike measures an average of 17cm. It is maroon-brown above with a pale rump and...

White-winged Wood Duck
2006-03-09 10:39:39

The White-winged Wood Duck (Cairina scutulata) is a species of dabbling duck that belongs to the genus Cairina. Historically it was widely distributed from north-east India and Bangladesh, through South East Asia to Java and Sumatra. However, in 2002 it had a population of only 800, with about 200 in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, 150 on Sumatra, notably in Way Kambas National Park,and...

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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