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The Golden Pheasant

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The stunning golden pheasant is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) belongs to the family Phasianidae (pheasants). The Golden Pheasant or Chinese pheasant “Chrysolophus pictus” is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China. Its feral populations have been established in the UK, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. By natural habitats golden pheasant are particularly aggressive because they have a “harem” structure, mating with several hens a year.
The adult golden pheasant is approximately 90 to 105 cm in length.The golden pheasant is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange "cape" can be feast in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face but its bright yellow eye with a pinpoint black pupil. The Golden pheasants normally lay 8 to 12 eggs at…

The Cuban Tody

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The Cuban Tody is a bird species in the family todidae that is restricted to Cuba and Adjacent Islands...this species is characterized by small size (11cm) (4.3in) (59 g) (2.1 oz) large head relative to body size ,and then flat bill.

Diederik Cuckoo

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Diederik Cuckoo  Or didric cuckoo ,is a member of a cuckoo order of birds the cuculiformers ,which also includes the roadrunners the aris and the hoatzin. It is a smallish cuckoo at 18 to 20 cm. Adult males are glossy green above with cooper-sheened areas on the back and whitish underparts .

Silver-Breasted Broadbill

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The silver-breasted broadbill (Serilophus lunatus) is a species of bird in the broadbill family Eurylaimidae. It is monotypic (the only species) within the genus Serilophus. There are ten currently recognised subspecies, one of which, rubropygius, was formerly treated as a separate species.

Orange Backed Troupial

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The orange-backed troupial (Icterus croconotus) is a species of bird in the Icteridae family. It is found in Guyana, Brazil, Paraguay, and eastern Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. It is closely related to the Venezuelan troupial and Campo troupial, which were together considered a single species.

Townsend's Warbler

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Townsend's warbler (Setophaga townsendi) is a small songbird of the New World warblerfamily. These birds have a yellow face with a black stripe across their cheeks extending into an ear patch, a thin pointed bill, two white wing bars, olive upperparts with black streaks on their backs and flanks, and a white belly. Adult males have a black cap, black throat and yellow lower breast; females have a dark cap and a yellow throat. Immature birds are similar to females with a dark green cap and cheeks.
Their breeding habitats are coniferous forests with large trees on the northwestern coast ofNorth America. Their nests are shallow cups built with grass and lined with moss. These nests are usually placed atop a branch in a conifer. The female lays 4 to 5 brown-speckled white eggs.

Cendrawasih

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Cendrawasih is a collection of bird species are grouped in families Paradisaeidae. The bird is only found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia's east and consists of 14 genera and about 43 species. The 30's of species of which can be found in Indonesia.

The red-legged honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

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The red-legged honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small songbirdspecies in the tanagerfamily (Thraupidae). It is found in the tropical New World from southernMexico south to Peru,Bolivia and central Brazil,Trinidad and Tobago, and on Cuba, where possiblyintroduced.
The red-legged honeycreeper is on average 12.2 cm (4.8 in) long, weighs 14 g (0.49 oz) and has a medium-long black, slightly decurved, bill. The male is violet-blue with black wings, tail and back, and bright red legs. The crown of its head is turquoise, and the underwing, visible only inflight, is lemon yellow. After the breeding season, themale moults into an eclipse plumage, mainly greenish with black wings.

Dovekie

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A small, chunky black-and-white bird of the open Atlantic ocean, the Dovekie breeds along high arctic coasts and only makes its way southward in winter as far as New England. It is the smallest of the auks (the Puffin family) in the Atlantic.

Tibetan Eared Pheasant

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The Tibetan eared pheasant (Crossoptilon harmani), also called Elwes' Eared Pheasant, is a species of bird in the Phasianidae family. It is found in southeast Tibet in China and adjacent India. Usually 2750 to 4700m elevation, but seen down to 2280m. Its natural habitats are boreal and temperate forests. Seen in bushy and grassy clearings, rhododendron thickets, and tall dense scrub in valleys. It is threatened by habitat loss. 86cm long. They form monogamous pair bonds in the spring. The female lays eggs from April to June, and only she incubates them.

Merops Bird

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Merops is a large genus of bee-eaters, a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. The members of this Old World family are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers.

Indian Peacock

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The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world like the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, RĂ©union, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The species was first named and described by Linnaeus in 1758, and the name Pavo cristatus is still in use now.

The Red-Naped Trogon, Harpactes Kasumba

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The Red-naped Trogon, Harpactes Kasumba, is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand.

Brahminy Starling

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The Brahminy myna or Brahminy starling (Sturnia pagodarum) is a member of the starling family of birds. It is usually seen in pairs or small flocks in open habitats on the plains of the Indian subcontinent.This myna is pale buff creamy with a black cap and a loose crest. The bill is yellow with a bluish base. The iris is pale and there is a bluish patch of skin around the eye. The outer tail feathers have white and the black primaries of the wings do not have any white patches. The adult male has a more prominent crest than the female and also has longer neck hackles. Juveniles are duller and the cap is browner.The species name pagodarum is thought to be based on occurrence of the species on buildings and temple pagodas in southern India.

Cape Weaver

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The cape weaver is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grasslands, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near the river. That calls of this bird include a harsh azwit - azwit. 

Kookaburra

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Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28–42 cm in length. The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, onomatopoeic of its call.Source: Bird Photography

Red-Capped Robin

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The red-capped robin is a small passerine bird native to Australia. Found in drier regions across much of the continent, it inhabits scrub and open woodland. Like many brightly coloured robins of the family Petroicidae, it is sexually dimorphic. Source: Bird Photography

Brown Sicklebills

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Brown Sicklebills’ machine-gun calls echo through the mountain forests of New Guinea, imparting a primeval feeling. They use that imposing curved beak to diversify their diet. It works nicely to grab fruit and is precise enough to nab insects and even small animals. The male’s stunning feathers are unique among all birds. Its long, sabre-shaped metallic green-blue iridescence tail feathers have important ceremonial value to native peoples.

Rosy Starling

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Pastor roseus, the adult of this species is highly distinctive, with its pink body, pale orange legs and bill, and glossy black head, wings and tail. Males in the breeding season have elongated head feathers which form a wispy crest that is fluffed and more prominent when the bird gets excited; the crest is shorter in winter and the black areas have paler feather edges, which get worn away as well as the black becoming more glossy in the breeding season. Winter plumage in males is rather dull. Females have a short crest and are duller overall, especially without the sharp separation between pink and black. The juvenile can be distinguished from common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) by its obviously paler plumage and short yellow bill. Young birds molt into a subdued version of the adult plumage, lacking the crest, in autumn and acquire the adult plumage when they are nearly one year old in females, and nearly two years in males. The latter in their second year wear a plumag…

Australian Rainbow Bee-eater

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If one bird foraging in a flock on the ground suddenly takes off, all other birds will take off immediately after, before they even know what's going on. The one who stays behind may be prey. Australian Rainbow Bee-eater.

Western Crowned Pigeon Bird

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The western crowned pigeon, also known as the common crowned pigeon or blue crowned pigeon is a large, blue-grey pigeon with blue lacy crests over the head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes.

The lazuli bunting (Passerina amoena) is a North American songbird named for the gemstone lapis lazuli.

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The lazuli bunting (Passerina amoena) is aNorth American songbird named for the gemstone lapis lazuli. The male is easily recognized by its bright blue head and back (lighter than the closely related indigo bunting), its conspicuous white wingbars, and its light rusty breast and white belly. The color pattern may suggest theeastern and western bluebirds, but the smaller size (13–14 cm or 5–5.5 inches long), wingbars, and short and conical bunting bill quickly distinguish it. The female is brown, grayer above and warmer underneath, told from the female indigo bunting by two thin and pale wingbars and other plumage details. The song is a high, rapid, strident warble, similar to that of the indigo bunting but longer and with less repetition.

Lazuli buntings breed mostly west of the100th meridian from southern Canada to northern Texas, central New Mexico andArizona, and southern California. On the Pacific coast their breeding range extends south to extreme northwestern Baja Ca…

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

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The scissor-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus), also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise and swallow-tailed flycatcher, is a long-tailed bird of the genus Tyrannus, whose members are collectively referred to as kingbirds. The kingbirds are a group of large insectivorous (insect-eating) birds in the tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) family. The scissor-tailed flycatcher is found in North and Central America.  Check out Detail at Wikipedia Photo Credit:Wildlifedepartment

The Cuban Trogon

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The Cuban trogon or tocororo (Priotelus temnurus) is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. It is endemic to the Caribbean island of Cuba, where it is also the national bird. Its natural habitats are dry forests, moist forests, and heavily degraded former forest. The Cuban trogon has multiple names it can go by. In English speaking countries it is commonly known as the Cuban trogon, while in Spanish speaking countries it is referred to as the tocororo or tocoloro. 

Shikra Female Accipiter Badius

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A small bird of prey (raptor) closely related to the goshawks and sparrowhawks, it is widely distributed in Asia. A closely related bird in Africa goes by the name little banded goshawk and other relatives include Chinese goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk. Males have a pale grey color with a red eyes, females are browner and have yellow eyes. They feed on rodents, lizards, small birds and even small snakes. They were once used for falconry in India.Source: Able Lawrence

Blue Dacnis

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The blue dacnis or turquoise honeycreeper (Dacnis cayana) is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is found from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina. It is widespread and often common, especially in parts of its South American range.

The Masked Tityra

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The attractive masked tityra (Tityra semifasciata) is a medium-sized passerine bird. It has traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher family, but evidence strongly suggests that it is better placed in Tityridae,[2] where now placed by SACC. The bird can be found in forest and woodland from Mexico, through Central America, to northwestern and central South America.                                                                  Photo: Stephen Ingraham

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

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Golden-crowned Kinglet-- Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve,Depew NY. This preserve is one of my favorite places to get away and is only about 10 minutes from home . It is nestled in the middle of suburbia outside Buffalo NY.There are numerous ponds which attract a great selection of duck/shorebird species and is home to 3 owl species. Also a great place to bird during the spring and fall migrations where you never know what will show up. This GC Kinglet was taken this past weekend where 2hrs were spent in a little grove of conifers  following these little hyperactive gems waiting for them to come down to eye level . Almost 200 frames were shot and I managed about 6 great photos. Source: Tim Mclntyre Birdnerd

Townsend's Warbler

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Townsend's warbler (Setophaga townsendi) is a small songbird of the New World warblerfamily. These birds have a yellow face with a black stripe across their cheeks extending into an ear patch, a thin pointed bill, two white wing bars, olive upperparts with black streaks on their backs and flanks, and a white belly. Adult males have a black cap, black throat and yellow lower breast; females have a dark cap and a yellow throat. Immature birds are similar to females with a dark green cap and cheeks.
Their breeding habitats are coniferous forests with large trees on the northwestern coast ofNorth America. Their nests are shallow cups built with grass and lined with moss. These nests are usually placed atop a branch in a conifer. The female lays 4 to 5 brown-speckled white eggs. This bird is closely related to the hermit warbler, and the two species interbreed where their ranges overlap. Source: Wafaa Ghareeb

Booted Racket-Tail

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The booted racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) is a species of hummingbird. It is found in the Andean cordillera of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. A population also occurs on the Venezuelan coast. This is the only species in the monotypic genus Ocreatus. The upperparts are a golden green colour and the rump has a white bar. The throat and breast are a brilliant emerald green. The legs are feathered down to the feet with horny white short feathers. The tail is brownish black and deeply forked. The tail feathers on either side increase in length from the centre and the outermost ones are exceptionally long and have bare shafts tipped by oval plumes, which gives the species its common name. Source: Anuntual Galben

Gray Jay Bird

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The gray jay, also grey jay, Canada jay or whiskey jack, is a member of the crow and jay family found in the boreal forests across North America north to the tree-line and in subalpine forests of the Rocky Mountains south to New Mexico and Arizona.Source: Bird Photography

Frigate-Bird

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The frigatebirds are a family of seabirds. They have long wings, tails, and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate. Their plumage is predominantly black. Source: Bird Photography

Blue Jay

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The blue jay is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory.

Jackson Widowbird

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The long tailed widowbird also known as "sakabula" is a species of bird in the ploceidae family. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania.

Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)

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(Glenn Smith) This afternoons Bird shot is from the Australian Botanical Gardens, Mount Annan, this little fella is called a Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) tiny little one these are. Had a good day with the Camera today loads of bird shots and a few mushroom shots as well so all up a good day, if anyone is interested in some of the other shots form today you can see them and at the story of the shots over at my blog in the link below. Photo Credit: Glenn Smith

Orange-Headed Thrush

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The orange-headed thrush is a bird in the thrush family. It is common in well-wooded areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Most populations are resident. Source: Bird Photography

Stork-Billed Kingfisher

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Stork-Billed Kingfisher  is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. This kingfisher is essentially resident throughout its range. Source: Bird Photography

Merops Bird

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Merops is a large genus of bee-eaters, a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. The members of this Old World family are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers.Source: Bird Photography

Golden-Breasted Starling

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The golden-breasted starling, also known as royal starling, is a medium-sized, up to 35 cm long, passerine in the starling family. Source: Bird Photography

Red-Naped Trogon

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Red-Naped Trogon is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. Source: Bird Photography

Kookaburras Kingfisher

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Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28–42 cm in length. The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, onomatopoeic of its call.Source: Bird Photography

Costas Hummingbird

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This species is very small, a mature adult growing to only 3–3.5 in (7.6–8.9 cm) in length. The male Costa's has a mainly green back and flanks, a small black tail and wings, and patches of white below their gorgeted throat and tail. Its most distinguishing feature is its vibrant purple cap and throat with the throat feathers flaring out and back behind its head.Source: Bird Photography

The Zebra Finch

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The zebra finch, is the most common estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and some areas of the tropical far north. It can also be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor.Source: Bird Photography

The red-bearded bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a large species of bee-eater found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia.

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The red-bearded bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a large species of bee-eater found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia. This species is found in openings in patches of dense forest. Like other bee-eaters, they are colourful birds with long tails, long decurved beaks and pointed wings. They are large bee-eaters, predominantly green, with a red colouration to face that extends on to the slightly hanging throat feathers to form the “beard”.

Black-and-Yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus Ochromalus)

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Black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) is a species of bird in the Eurylaimidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

White-Throated Kingfisher

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The white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) also known as the white-breasted kingfisher or Smyrna kingfisher, is a tree kingfisher, widely distributed in Eurasia from Bulgaria, Turkey, West Asia east through the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan to the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires. Photo Credit: Rajen

Indian Robin

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The beautiful Indian robin (Saxicoloides fulicatus) is a bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is widespread in the Indian subcontinent, and ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The males of northern populations have a brown back whose extent slowly reduces southwards with populations in the southern peninsula having an all black back. They are commonly found in open scrub areas and seldom seen running along the ground or perching on low thorny shrubs and rocks. Their long tails are held erect and their chestnut undertail covert and dark body make them easily distinguishable from the pied bushchat and the oriental magpie robin.Source: Rajen

Java Finch Bird

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The Java sparrow, also known as Java finch bird is a small passerine bird. This  finch is a resident breeding bird in Java, Bali and Bawean in Indonesia. What a beautiful bird. I have never seen a bird like this with the white and the pink. This is a bird from heaven is it so.? Such a beautiful bird.pure white.