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Male Kalij Pheasant (Black-backed ) L. l. melanota (Hutton, 1848)
Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan, March 2013
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Female Kalij Pheasant (Black-backed ), L. l. melanota (Hutton, 1848)
Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan, March 2013
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Female Kalij Pheasant ( White-crested ) L. l. hamiltoni J.E. Gray, 1829
Corebett NP, March, 2012
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Male Kalij Pheasant ( White-crested ) L. l. hamiltoni J.E. Gray, 1829
Corebett NP, March, 2012
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Birds are forces to be negotiated with, embodiments of the wild that pitch you into a different way of life and living. You don't invite a bird to be your friend. You go to their world. You tune into their mind, their instincts, their priorities, their joys, their fears - and in so doing, you find the places where you are wild yourself....
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Great hornbill (Buceros bicornis, Linnaeus, 1758)
Bhutan, April 2014
The species was formerly broken into subspecies cavatus, from the Western Ghats, and homrai, the nominate form from the sub-Himalayan forests. The subspecies from Sumatra was sometimes called cristatus. Variation across populations is mainly in size, Himalayan birds being larger than the those from further south, and the species is now usually considered monotypic.
Tribal peoples threaten the great Indian hornbill by hunting it for its various parts. The beaks and head are used in charms and the flesh is believed to be medicinal. Young birds are considered a delicacy. Tribesmen in parts of northeastern India and Borneo use the feathers for head-dresses, and the skulls are often worn as decorations. The Sema Nagas consider the flesh unfit for eating, believing that it produces sores on their feet, as in the bird. When dancing with the feathers of the hornbill, they avoid eating vegetables, as doing so is also believed to produce the same sores on the feet. Among the Zomi, a festival without a hornbill feather is incomplete. Conservation programmes have attempted to provide tribes with feathers from captive hornbills and ceramic casques to substitute for natural ones.
The great hornbill is called homrai in Nepal (hence the name of the Himalayan subspecies) and banrao, both meaning "king of the forest". Due to habitat loss and hunting in some areas, the great hornbill is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis, (Hodgson, 1829)) - Male
Ura, Bhutan April 2014

A Vulnerable, Hornbill found in North Eastern Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, It's population declined significantly due to habitat loss and hunting. Kinnaird and O'Brien (2007) have tabulated data for the hornbills of the world and report that rufous-necked hornbills range over 1,163,811 km2 (449,350 sq mi) of area, of which 825,837 km2 (318,857 sq mi) of area are forested. Within this area, rufous-necked hornbills occur in 90 protected areas comprising 54,955 km2 (21,218 sq mi) of protected forest but only including 7% of optimal hornbill habitat.

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Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis, (Hodgson, 1829)) - Female
Ura, Bhutan April 2014

A Vulnerable, Hornbill found in North Eastern Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, It's population declined significantly due to habitat loss and hunting. Kinnaird and O'Brien (2007) have tabulated data for the hornbills of the world and report that rufous-necked hornbills range over 1,163,811 km2 (449,350 sq mi) of area, of which 825,837 km2 (318,857 sq mi) of area are forested. Within this area, rufous-necked hornbills occur in 90 protected areas comprising 54,955 km2 (21,218 sq mi) of protected forest but only including 7% of optimal hornbill habitat.

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Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus, (Latham, 1790))
Jakar Valley, Bhutan, April 2014

Birds have done great jobs for the progression of humanity: They kept alive our love for freedom and they insistently motivated us to reach the skies, to reach the stars! 

More Information http://avis.indianbiodiversity.org/birds/aves/galliformes/phasianidae/lophophorus/lophophorus-impejanus
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Black-breasted weaver ( Ploceus benghalensis , (Linnaeus, 1758) )
Anand, Gujarat, Feb 2015

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