Thursday, November 5, 2009

Birds in Our New Neighborhood (updated again!)

Gopal spotted this Common Hoopoe in the vacant lot next door. Isn't it exotic? At first we thought it was a woodpecker, but no. It's smaller than the larger woodpeckers seen in the U.S.
This beautiful person is new to us. It showed up in our shrubs today 10 November, a windy, blustery day at the tail end of a 4-day long storm. It is a green-billed coucal from Shri Lanka. It appeared to us to be very young and unable to fly. Gopal took the picture out our bedroom window.

Needless to say, most of the birds here are the same. But there are a couple Himalayan birds I never saw over at Lingama Colony. We're at a little higher elevation here, but we're in the mountains.

Asian Koel
Common Myna

Common Raven

Eurasian Blackbird

Dollarbird (Himalayan)

Grey-backed Shrike (Himalayan)

Common Crow

Common Sparrow

Jungle Babbler

Lesser Whitethroat (Himalayan)

Oriental Magpie Robin

Red-Whickered Bulbul

Rock Pigeon

Spotted Dove

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