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Red-rumped Swallow | at Sinhagad Valley, Pune (MAH) India | April 2015 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 
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Little Ringed Plover | at Kavdipat - Pune, Maharashtra | Jan 04, 2015 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 
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Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark | at Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary - Exploring Wilderness | Jan 18, 2015 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 
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Green-bee Eater | at Kavadi, Pune, Maharashtra | Jan 04, 2015 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 
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Bay-backed Shrike | at Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary | Jan 18, 2015 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 
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The Muscovy Duck | at Innsbruck, Austria | Dec 27, 2014 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 

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The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and South Florida as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. Feral Muscovy ducks are found in New Zealand, Australia, and in parts of Europe.

They are a large duck, with the males about 76 cm (30 in) long, and weighing up to 7 kg (15 lb). Females are considerably smaller, and only grow to 3 kg (6.6 lb), roughly half the males' size. The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these. They may have white patches or bars on the wings, which become more noticeable during flight. Both sexes have pink or red wattles around the bill, those of the male being larger and more brightly colored.

Although the Muscovy duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as −12 °C (10 °F) and able to survive even colder conditions. In general, Barbary duck is the term used for C. moschata in a culinary context.

The domestic breed, Cairina moschata forma domestica, is commonly known in Spanish as the pato criollo ("creole duck"). They have been bred since pre-Columbian times by Native Americans and are heavier and less able to fly long distances than the wild subspecies. Their plumage color are also more variable. Other names for the domestic breed in Spanish are pato casero ("backyard duck") and pato mudo ("mute duck").
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Caspian Gull | at #Rome, #Italy | Dec 14, 2014 © +Virag Yelegaonkar 

Caspian Gull is a name applied to the gull taxon Larus (argentatus) cachinnans, a member of the herring gull/lesser black-backed gull complex.

It is a large gull at 56–68 cm (22–27 in) long, with a 137 to 155 cm (54 to 61 in) wingspan and a body mass of 680–1,590 g (1.50–3.51 lb). Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 38.5 to 48 cm (15.2 to 18.9 in), the bill is 4.6 to 6.4 cm (1.8 to 2.5 in) and the tarsus is 5.8 to 7.7 cm (2.3 to 3.0 in). The Caspian Gull has a long, slender bill, accentuated by the sloping forehead. The legs, wings and neck are longer than those of the herring gull and yellow-legged gull. The eye is small and often dark, the legs vary from pale pink to a pale yellowish colour. The back and wings are a slightly darker shade of grey than the herring gull but slightly paler than the yellow-legged gull. The outermost primary feather has a large white tip and a white tongue running up the inner web.

First-winter birds have a pale head with dark streaking on the back of the neck. The underparts are pale and the back is greyish. The greater and median wing-coverts have whitish tips forming two pale lines across the wing.
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