Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful World of Indian Birds (Bird Pictures and Video)

Two years back, I start taking bird photography seriously and during this time, I got completely surprised by the variation and differences in the Indian birds. We can find more than one thousand bird species in India and when you try to capture these beautiful birds with your camera, then they completely blow your mind.

I can bet that most of people have no idea about these beautiful birds and we can find so many of them in India. People are so much busy in their daily lives that they don't get a chance to witness this beauty. Mostly, people came across a dozen of the birds and they believe that this is everything. However, when we go deep into the world of birds, then we realize that it is very big and there are many species and sub-species of birds with small differences.

These birds look so brilliantly colored that it looks someone has painted them. Birds are miracles of life and they are really very important part of life. Many of these birds live very close to us; however, we hardly notice them. Moreover, we are continuously destroying their habitats to make space for humans.  Already, many bird species have disappeared from the world and many others are in danger.

The sad part of this story is that on the one side, we look for new life in the space and on the other side, we are killing the so beautiful life on the earth. We human still need to learn to live with the nature peacefully. My this article is a try to introduce you with the beautiful Indian birds.

1) Indian Blue Peafowl- 

Peacock, Peafowl, Feathers,
Peacock and Its Feathers

Indian Blue Peafowl or Indian Peacock is one of the most beautiful birds, which was once found in most parts of India; however, in the last few years its population has decreased significantly. I spent many mornings with these beautiful birds and got a chance to learn about them. These birds are very peaceful birds and entertain you with their sweet calls. Read More

2) Asian Paradise Flycatcher-
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Male
When I saw this bird for the first time, then I don't believe my eyes that such a beautiful bird still exits. Migratory in nature, these birds can be found throughout India; though we mostly don't see them in cities. Read More 


3) Spot-billed Duck - 
Spot Billed Ducks, Pair, Duck
A Pair of Spot Billed Ducks
Any person who visits the riverside or water bodies, then he must have met these birds called the spot-billed ducks. Many times, we can even notice these birds flying over our heads during the morning and evening in pairs or groups. Read More


4) Crimson Sunbird - 
Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird, Himachal, Bird
A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird 
I met this beautiful and colorful Sunbird during my stay at Himachal Pradesh. Before meeting this bird, I had no idea that such small and beautiful birds do exist. Read More

5) Green Bee eater- 
Beautiful, Green Bee-eater
Beautiful Green Bee-eater
One day, I saw green colored birds flying around me and decided to take their pictures. These birds were Green Bee-eater birds and they catch insects while flying. It is common to see these birds if we move away from the human population. Read More

6) Rufous Treepie -
Punjab, Bird, Sweet Voice
A bird with very Sweet Voice (Rufous Treepie)
One day, I noticed somewhat sweet call of a bird and decided to go after it. In my backyard, I found a Rufous Treepie and it was making a lot of noise. When I pointed my camera towards him, then he looked back and I got this picture. Read More

7) White Capped Redstart- 
White Capped Redstart,  Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan Bird,
White Capped Redstart in Himachal Pradesh
I was introduced to the White Capped Redstart by my aunt and later, I got a chance to capture many of its pictures. It was easy to take her picture because of her stay near my native home in Himachal Read More 

8) Gold-billed Magpie - 
Magpie, Gold-billed Magpie, Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow (Gold)-billed Magpie
It may look a little bit strange, but a Gold-billed Magpie become my friend and started following me where ever I was going my camera. He even came very close to me and gave some of wonderful poses for the pictures. Read More 

9) Purple Sunbird- 
Purple Sunbird. Sunbird, Beautiful
Beautiful Purple Sunbird
Purple Sunbird is one of common Sunbirds found in India. In Purple Sunbird, the male birds have purple color while females are olive. It is very interesting to see male and female Sunbirds coordinating with each other for safety and food. Read More

10) Greater Cocal (Crow Pheasant)- 
Greater Coucal, Coucal,
The Greater Coucal
I meet with a bird in Hoshiarpur, Punjab for the first time when he was coming often to our home to eat the left over food from our dog's bowl. Soon, he becomes my friend and started coming close to me. This bird flies less and use his feet more to move here and there. He moves very silently and sometimes come close to you without your awareness. Read More

11) Himalayan Bulbul- 
Himalayan Bulbul, Wild Cherry, White Checked Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul with Wild Cherry
Himalayan Bulbul or White-cheeked Bulbul is a one of beautiful varieties of Bulbul found across the lower reaches of the Himalayan and plains around them. These birds are very sweet in nature and they can do come close to you when you try to feed the other birds like sparrows. Read More

12) Red-vented Bulbul- 

Red-vented Bulbul, pose
A Pose by Red-vented Bulbul


These are the Bulbuls of plains and many times, we get a chance to hear their sweet calls. It is common to find Red-vented Bulbul in pairs making noise in the nearby garden.  In the picture above, you can see a Red-vented Bulbul inspecting me while I am taking his pictures.  Read More

13) Blue-throated Barbet- 

Barbet, Blue Throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet 

These are one of the beautiful Barbets which I discovered in Himachal Pradesh. Though, they have a very small size, however, they make loud calls which you can hear from a distance. Mostly, you find this bird alone. Read More

14) House Sparrow- 

House Sparrow, Female,
House Sparrow Female

House Sparrows are one of most common and simplest birds which visit our houses daily. However, within a few years, they almost disappeared from the Indian towns because of the increase in pollution and radiation level in air. These are one of the oldest birds associated with the human population. Read More 


Video Presentation of Beautiful Indian Birds-


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