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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 Rufous Treepie

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The rufous treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is a treepie belongs to crow famil Corvidae, native to the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining parts of Southeast Asia. Rufous Treepie has long tailed, with loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. The size of Rufous treepie is between somewhere 45 to 55 cm including the tail. The Weight of adult bird is between 80 g. to 140 g. The bird normally found in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. However, it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding. Male and female are very similar but only main color of the body is cinnamon with a black head and the long graduated tail is bluish grey and is tipped in black with the wing has a white patch. The only confusable species is the grey treepie which though lacks the bright rufous mantle. The bill is stout with a hooked tip, and underparts and lower back are a warm tawny-brown to orange-brown in color with white wing coverts and black primaries. Moreover, …

Red Breasted Robin: Friendly Garden Visitors

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Robin or “Erithacus rubecula” is a redbreast 14cm from beak to tip of tail 5 to 9cm high bird. The robin enjoys popularity with man unrivalled by any other species. A familiar visitor at the bird table in winter and constant gardening companion, even nesting in the tool shed, it is a year round bird. This is close to association with man is a special feature of the robin’s relationship with the British. Robins of exactly the same species nest over mostof Europe, but a tendency on the continent to shoot and eat small birds has made robins there generally shy and retiring woodland birds. The robin is a particular favorite among bird lovers; everyone enjoys the attentions of this familiar redbreast in the garden during winter. But despite all the efforts made to feed this bird in the harsh weather, thousands perish each year. The bird’s popularity in Britain has built up over the years and legends about the bad luck incurred by anyone harming a robin go back to 16th century. A Christian …

The Mystery Bird “Yellow-Billed Oxpecker”

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The yellow-billed oxpecker “Buphagus africanus” is a beautiful passerine bird in the starling and myna family, Sturnidae. The name “oxpecker” is related to their habit of perching on large wild and domestic mammals. The yellow-billed oxpecker is 20 cm long and has plain brown upperparts and head, buff underparts and a pale rump. In a day an adult bird will take more than 100 engorged female Boophilus decoloratus ticks or 13,000 larvae. It frequently occurs in association with wild and domestic large mammals. The species often roosts in trees close to these animals, or even on buffaloes’ back at night. The Yellow-billed oxpeckers live in small flocks and can be found at sea-level or in mountains as high as 9,800 feet. These African mystery birds are engaged in a rare behavior, even nesting on the back of a live Cape buffalo.
Some ornithologists regard the oxpeckers to be a separate family, the Buphagidae. It is least common in the extreme east of its range where it overlaps with the r…

Luzon Bleeding-Heart Dove

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The Luzon bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is a very cautious and enigmatic species of dove mainly endemic to the island of Luzon in Philippines. The Luzon is called "bleeding-hearts" is the species in which the "blood" feature is most pronounced, run down the bird's breast. The Luzon got its rare name from a splash of vivid red on their white breasts which look like a bleeding wound. The Luzon island in the Philippines on which the Luzon bleeding-heart is most abundant However, the reddish hue spreads down the belly furthering the illusion of blood having run down the bird's front. The red patch is somewhat brighter in males. When courting, the male inflates his breast to emphasize the red spot. The Luzon bleeding-heart is a very fearful bird and hard to observe in their natural habitat.
They are found in three islands in the northern Philippines, including Luzon, where there are many isolated populations, and in the island of Polillo, where a very…

Blue-throated Barbet

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The magical blue-throated barbet is an Asian barbet having bright green, blue & red plumage, seen across the India, Northeast Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Southwest China, Thailand, central Laos, north Annam and Vietnam. Blue-throated barbet is a small green bird with a blue head and throat. It has a red crown and lores, bordered in black, in between the black and red lores, there is a thin tan line. Its tail is green while its beak his ivory (horn-coloured) and the upper mandible are tipped in blackish grey. Its under-tail coverts are a bluish-grey. Its eyes are brown. The blue-throated barbet “Psilopogon asiaticus” and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution.
The species get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. The bird size is 22–23 cm; 61–103 g like to eats figs, flowers, berries and insects such as grubs, crickets, mantises, ants, cicadas, dragonflies, locusts, beetles and moths.. They are widespread r…

Banded Broadbill,

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The banded broadbill “Eurylaimus javanicus”It is found in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The bird’s natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The species is a husky, forest-dwelling bird with a large head and a wide bill is atoned in purplish, black and yellow hues. It has a large purplish-black band across its chest, bluish-grey eyes have various yellow spots on its wings and some yellow on its rump. The birds prefer swamp forest, evergreen and mixed deciduous forest near rivers and streams on plantations, in gardens and parks, and around villages. The species is a large broadbill average 21.5–23 cm, with purple, yellow and black plumage. The diet consist of eats predominantly insects, including grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, various beetles, caterpillars, larvae also recorded eating figs. The specie naturally builds a large nest suspended from a tree branch. The bird’s voice is typical song a far-car…