The Himalayan Cutia

The Himalayan cutia “Cutia nipalensis” is a bird species in the family Leiothrichidae. This amazing species inhabits the Himalayan region, found from north India along the Himalayas Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Burma, adjacent south China , Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and peninsular Malaysia. The Himalayan Cutia diet consists of insects, larvae, pupae, gastropods, insect eggs, seeds and berries and pine cones. The species breeding season start from April to June. The bird like to make nest is an open cup made of pine needles and moss, placed at base of a pine branch against the trunk, 3 to 3.5m above the ground, sometimes up to 20m in a broadleaf tree. The bird scientific name means "the khutya from Nepal". However, the Cutia is derived from the Nepali name for these birds, and nipalensis is Latin for "from Nepal". This beautiful bird natural habitat is tropical to subtropical humid montane forests. It is not a bird of the high mountains however, rather inhabiting br…

Orange-Breasted Sunbird

The orange-breasted sunbird is a small passerine sunbird endemic to South Africa, and is found in shrubland or heathland vegetations called fynbos. Orange-breasted sunbird males average 17 cm long and females 13 cm long. The male's head, throat, and mantle are bright metallic green and the rest of the upper parts are olive green. The upper breast is metallic violet and the rest of the under-side is shades of orange. The female is olive-green on the top-side and olive-yellow on the under-side. These birds have long down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues. Both of these are adaptations for nectar feeding, the orange-breasted sunbird's primary food source. However, the bird also feeds on insects.

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