Today, after almost as many years as I was old then, I find myself a birdwatcher still, though of a different kind. Friends know, I got bored of this aspect of birdwatching too, months back. Recently however, I was inclined to start off with traditional birdwatching again. So, I’ve planned to visit the Banerghatta National Park and Nandi Hills among other places. My area, Whitefield also is home to some interesting species of birds I would love to know about. Here’s a compilation of some of the rare bird species of Karnataka of which I’ve seen only two(Blue-Winged Parakeet and . . )
Four out of the five descriptions presented below are courtesy Ornithological Archives of the Wildlife and Conservation Department of Karnataka/India. And the last one . . . is a work of fiction by Yours truly!
Family : Columbidae
Scientific Name : Columba elphinstonii
Habitat : Biligirirangan Hills and Nandi Hills near Bangalore.
Scientific Name : Psittacula columboides
The Malabar Parakeet also known as the Blue-winged Parakeet, is endemic to the Western Ghats in Southern India. he Malabar Parakeet has beautifully colored plumage. The male's overall color is a bluish-gray with a sometimes reddish-pink tint. One of the things that make this bird so striking is the double ring around the neck of the male. The lower ring is a brilliant light blue, while the top ring is more of a greenish dark gray color. They have green feathers in front of their eyes, which extend towards their beaks. The plumage on their heads is bluer in color than the rest of their bodies, though it gets progressively lighter at the top of the head. Above the nares and on the cheeks the blue color is more distinct. They have a striking bright red beak with a bone colored tip. The female Malabar Parakeets lack the brilliant blue band around their necks. Males generally have a greener casting to the feathers on their foreheads, and female's heads are gray. The bill of the female is black, as opposed to the brilliantly color bill of the male.The average adult Malabar Parakeet measures 38 centimeters in length.
Habitat : Evergreen forest and humid montane forest between 450 m and 1,600 m; occasionally also in humid lowland forest.
Family : Corvidae
Scientific Name : Dendrocitta leucogastra
Habitat : Western Ghats.
4. Grey-headed Bulbul
Family : Pycnonotidae – Bulbuls and Finchbills
Scientific Name : Pycnonotus priocephalus
Habitat: Moist-deciduous forest, flanked by scrub and acacia monoculture, hills, valleys, ravines, floodplains.
Scientific Name: Tweetus Sweetosaurus Sonnacrazium
desire, as it is, of research.
Habitat: Usually resides in RaRe Nagar but species originally hails from Dharwad/Bellary region of Karnataka.
Built: 'Healthy' & Diminutive.
- White in regulated low temperatures
- Red when provoked
- Pink when invoked
- Pale yellow when sick or disturbed
- Luscious beak
- Silky mane
- Soft feathers
- 1 inch long eyelashes
- Gorges on beetle leaf
- Glucose based eatables
- and yes, Apples!
Self Defense mechanism:
- Has the knack to turn 'invisible',
- 'block' incompatible species and
- use high-pitch baritone to the effect of tearing apart eardrums.
Flight Capabilities: Knows how to fly in high altitudes but prefers staying 'down to earth'.
- Has affinity for the colour pink
- Repulsive to smoke/pollution
- Cleanliness freak
- Loyal to clan
- Highly sociable with other species
- Aggressive towards migratory bird species from Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly though, prefers their native lingo for recreation.
- Probably the only bird species to migrate 36 kilometres up and down everyday for the sake of alternate livelihood.
- Normally likes warmth but can be 'cold blooded' in rough weather.
- For birdwatchers - Once sighted, induces permanent amnesia for other bird species.
- For Pet Keepers - Highly domesticated but can turn wild at the slightest pretext.
- For prospective Males - Has a heart composed of pure Gold, a brittle element. Meant to be handled with care.
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